High alert in Sri Lanka is continued after bombing on churches and hotels which have claimed round about 359 precious lives. Intelligence agencies have warned that Easter like attacks are expected in coming days. In a recent shootout between troops and suspected Islamist militants on Friday (April 16) evening in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara, 15 people, including six children were shoot dead.
A police spokesman said that three suspected suicide bombers were among the 15 dead after the shoot out. One child caught in the crossfire was admitted to the hospital. Bomb-making materials, dozens of gelignite sticks and thousands of metal balls were found in a search of a separate house in the same area, the military said.
Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said in a statement that as troops headed towards the safe house three explosions were triggered and gunfire began. “Troops retaliated and raided the safe house where a large cache of explosives had been stored,” he said in a statement. He said the militants were suspected members of the domestic militant group National Towheed Jama’at (NTJ), which has been blamed for last Sunday’s attacks.