- Suspects in the Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombing are in a shootout with the military, a spokesman has said.
- Authorities were conducting a raid on a suspected bomb factory in the eastern city of Kalmunai when 5-6 terrorists started firing at them Friday evening, the statement said.
- A similar situation happened in nearby Ampara Sainthamaruthu. Soldiers went to investigate an explosion in the area and were fired upon. It’s unclear if there were any casualties.
- In a raid on a home in Samanthurai on Friday, authorities seized ISIS uniforms, flags, the explosive Gelignite, 100,000 ball bearings and a drone camera.
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People suspected of orchestrating the Sri Lanka Easter bombingsare in a shoot-out with the military, a spokesperson for the country’s armed forces said Friday.
Security forces were conducting a raid on a suspected bomb making facility in the eastern coastal city of Kalmunai Friday evening when they were fired upon by 5-6 terrorists, thestatementsaid.
As of 8:17 p.m. local time, the gunfight was ongoing.
Around the same time, a similar confrontation happened less than two miles south in the town of Ampara Sainthamaruthu.
Foto: News 1st images showing bomb-making equipment seized by police during the raid.sourceNews 1st
According toReuters, an explosion was heard in the town and when the military went to investigate, soldiers were fired upon.
The extent of casualties from both shootouts is not yet known.
Meanwhile, a raid on a home in Samanthurai, just a few miles southeast of Ampara Sainthamaruthu, on Friday yielded a treasure trove of ISIS propoganda and bomb-making materials.
Breaking: Explosions and gunfire reported as Sri Lankan security forces raid an ISIS bomb factory in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka.pic.twitter.com/pLrZIygCL7
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TheSri Lankan Armysaid in a statement that troops searching a house in the town “recovered ISIS flags, literature and some other objects from the place, said to be the terrorist organizations’ place for oath taking.”
150 sticks of explosive Gelignite, 100,000 ball bearings, detonators, Islamic State uniforms, and a drone have now been recovered by police,according to Nidahasa News.
Footagebroadcast concurrently by Sri Lankan media outlet News 1stappears to show piles of bomb-making equipment and flags bearing the mark of the Islamic State under police guard.
Sri Lankan security forces have been raiding homes across the country in the search for those responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks, which killed 253 people.
Foto: News 1st images showing an ISIS flag recovered during Friday’s raid.sourceNews 1st
Sri Lanka’s health ministry on Tuesday said34 foreigners were killed, including citizens from Bangladesh, China, India, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the UK, the US, and Australia.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the coordinated attacks were first linked to a local militant group, and were the worst the country has seen since the end of its civil war a decade ago.
Sri Lankan police have arrested over 70 suspects in connection with the blasts.