Security forces in Sri Lanka have allegedly staged a hiding place by ally members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist militia and killed at least two alleged extremists.
Armed men opened fire on the security forces in the Kalmunai city in the eastern part of the country in the storming of the hiding place, whereupon firefights broke out, the army said Saturday.
“When we returned the fire, two gunmen were killed,” said army spokesman Sumith Atapattu. A civilian who had fallen into the line of fire was also killed.
In attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka more then 300 people were killed on Easter Sunday, according to authorities, including numerous foreign tourists. According to the authorities, NTJ was responsible in the attacks.
The government and authorities in Sri Lanka are under pressure after the attacks, as there had been specific indications in the run-up, which were not followed up.