No fewer than Fifteen people including six children died as explosions went off raging gun and suicide bomb battle broke out after cop and soldiers raided the jihadists’ hideout near the coastal town of Kalmunai – 200 miles from the capital Colombo.
According to source, 3 men blew themselves up during a shoot out with security operatives .The bombs and gunfire killed 3 women and 6 children, along with another three suspected jihadists outside after troops acting on a police tip-off surrounded the house in the area of Sainthamaruthu.
The raid at the ISIS safe house and the resulting shootout took place on Friday, April 26, in Sainthamaruthu, 200 miles from Colombo where hundreds of people were killed in luxury hotels and churches on Easter Sunday.
Security forces who raided the ISIS safe house on Friday evening recovered 150 sticks of explosive gelignite, 100,000 ball bearings, ISIS uniforms and an ISIS flag, as well as a drone camera.
Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said after coming under fire, “troops retaliated and raided the safe house where a large cache of explosives had been stored.”
He said the militants were suspected members of the domestic Islamist group National Towheed Jama’at (NTJ) – which has been blamed for last Sunday’s attacks.
The news comes as the country remains on high alert since the suicide bombings on churches and hotels in which more than 250 people were killed on Easter Sunday.
Police and the army have been conducting raids as they gather intelligence about the perpetrators and their supporters. Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
By Saturday morning, a search operation was carried out and they discovered the bodies of those who died in the bomb explosion and gunfire.
In photos from the scene, a Sri Lankan girl is seen as she’s rushed to hospital after she was found at the site of the explosion and gunbattle in Kalmunai.