Sri Lanka blasts: Islamic State says three suicide bombers of group were killed in Kalmunai encounter with security forces

The Islamic State has claimed the three militants who blew themselves up during a fierce gun battle with security forces in Sri Lanka's Eastern province, a media report said on Sunday.

Press Trust of India April 28, 2019 13:50:57 IST
Sri Lanka blasts: Islamic State says three suicide bombers of group were killed in Kalmunai encounter with security forces
  • The Islamic State has claimed the three militants who blew themselves up during a fierce gun battle with security forces in Sri Lanka's Eastern province

  • The shootout occurred on Friday night as the security forces continued their hunt for members of the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ), the local terror outfit behind the 21 April coordinated blasts

  • In a statement published early Sunday through its propaganda 'Amaq' news agency, the Islamic State said that it gave their noms du guerre as Abu Hammad, Abu Sufyan and Abu al-Qa'qa

Colombo: The Islamic State has claimed the three militants who blew themselves up during a fierce gun battle with security forces in Sri Lanka's Eastern province, a media report said on Sunday.

The shootout occurred on Friday night as the security forces continued their hunt for members of the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ), the local terror outfit behind the 21 April coordinated blasts that killed 253 people and injured over 500 others.

Sri Lanka blasts Islamic State says three suicide bombers of group were killed in Kalmunai encounter with security forces

Sri Lankan Army in action after the blasts. AP

The Special Task Force and Army troops, following a tip-off, raided a house in Kalmunai city, about 360 kilometres from Colombo leading to the heavy exchange of fire with the armed group. As the heavily-armed men opened fire on troops, a civilian caught in the middle got killed. As the clashes intensified, three men are believed to have set off explosives.

In a statement published early on Sunday through its propaganda 'Amaq' news agency, the Islamic State gave their noms du guerre as Abu Hammad, Abu Sufyan and Abu al-Qa'qa, the Colombo Gazette reported.

It said they opened fire with automatic weapons and “after exhausting their ammunition, detonated on them their explosive belts.” Six children and three women were among 15 people killed when the militants opened fire and blew themselves up during the gun battle with security forces.

A police spokesman said that three suspected suicide bombers were among the 15 dead. A huge cache of explosives was also recovered from the spot. Officials have recovered detonators, suicide kits, army uniforms and ISIS flags. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing 253 people.

The ISIS claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group NTJ for the attacks. President Maithripala Sirisena said Friday that over 130 suspects linked to the ISIS  have been operating in the country.

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