Sri Lanka: 15 killed as security forces raid ISIS Hideout

Colombo, April 21, 2019 (Xinhua) — Security staff stand on guard outside the St. Anthony’s Church where a blast took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2019. Sri Lankan authorities said on Sunday that the death toll from the explosions which shook the Sri Lankan capital earlier in the day had risen to 185 while 469 others were injured. (Xinhua/A.Hapuarachchi/IANS)

Colombo, April 27 : Sri Lankan security forces conducted raids on ISIS hideout in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara and consequently gunbattle erupted between suspected Islamist militants and troops that led to killing of 15 people.

Gunmen opened fire on troops when they attempted to storm the house under cover of darkness, military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said.

The joint operation was carried out after a tip off that those responsible for the Easter suicide bombings were holed up in a built up area of Kalmunai, 370 kilometres (230 miles) east of the capital.

Fifteen people, including six children, died during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on the east coast of Sri Lanka, a military spokesman said on Saturday. Authorities said another four gunmen and a civilian were killed in the shootout.

In another raid in the same town, the police found Islamic State (IS) flags, 150 sticks of gelignite, thousands of steel pellets and a drone camera, a military spokesman said.

Sunday’s explosions killed 253 people and injured over 500 in one of the bloodiest days in Sri Lanka since the civil was ended a decade ago.

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