Colombo : Fifteen people which also include six children have lost their lives after three cornered suicide bombers blew themselves up and others were shot dead during Sri Lankan security forces’ search for those wanted in the Easter attacks that killed more than 350 people.
The Sri Lankan forces acting on a tip off raided a house supposedly owned by a jihadi group. The house was owned by a Jihadi group who had converted it into a jihadist safe house near the eastern town of Kalmunai on Friday night. As security forces cornered the space, three men set off explosives, which also killed three women and six children. Three other men, who were also believed to be suicide bombers, were found outside the house. These three were allegedly shot dead.
According to a military official, Police along with extended troops were engaged in a gunbattle with those inside the house for more than an hour. The bodies were recovered early Saturday after a search operation.
The house is situated 370 kilometres east of Colombo in Kalmunai area.
The Sri Lankan government has upped their security cover in the entire island nation after the Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the Easter blasts.