5 days after a series of massive blasts ripped through the island nation, all the Sri Lankan security forces killed four suspected Islamic State gunmen during an overnight raid, news agency Reuters reported. During this, a civilian was also killed in the crossfire. The officials also discovered bodies of 15 people, including six children, during cleaning operations. The gun battle near Sainthamaruthu in Ampara began Friday night after police tipped off soldiers to a suspected safe house, where militants set off three explosions and opened fire, the military said. At least three others were wounded in the attack, news agency AP reported.
Jayasekara said soldiers and police wanted to wait until daylight to carry out further raids given houses being built so close together. Meanwhile, the military says security forces have recovered explosives, detonators, “suicide kits,” military uniforms and Islamic State group flags during the raids.
The officials are on a lookout for 140 people believed linked to ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday mass suicide bombings that killed 253, as shooting erupted in the east during a raid. Nearly 10,000 soldiers were deployed across the Indian Ocean island state to carry out searches and provide security for religious centres, the military said.