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Fifteen killed in Sri Lanka in shootout with suspected Islamist militants

The shootout between troops and suspected Islamist militants erupted on Friday evening in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara

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Sri Lanka's army soldiers remove the debris of a vandalized building in Digana, a suburb of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Photo: PTI

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The bodies of 15 people, including six children, were discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka, a military spokesman said on Saturday, six days after suicide bombers killed more than 250 people.

The shootout between troops and suspected Islamist militants erupted on Friday evening in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara, to the south of the town of Batticaloa, site of one of the Easter Sunday blasts at three churches and four luxury hotels.

A police spokesman said that three suspected suicide bombers were among the 15 dead after the shoot out.

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First Published: Apr 27 2019 | 9:29 AM IST

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