Sri Lankan security forces raided a safe house of Islamic State affiliated militants in the east of the country and killed at least two men in an exchange of fire, the military said on Saturday (April 27).
Gunmen opened fire on troops when they attempted to storm the house in the town of Kalmunai, spokesman Sumith Atapattu said.
“In our retaliatory fire, two gunmen were killed,” he said adding that a civilian caught in the crossfire was also killed. During the raid, Sri Lankan police recovered IS uniforms and ISIS flags, 150 gelatin sticks, 100,000 ball bearings and a drone camera in Samananthurai says an ANI report.
Meanwhile, at least 15 people, including six children and three women, were killed when suicide bombers blew themselves up during a shootout with security forces in Sri Lanka’s Eastern province, police said Saturday (April 27).
The security forces continue their hunt for members of the local terror group National Thowheeth Jamath (NTJ) which was behind the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in which 253 people were killed and over 500 injured.