Saturday 24 August 2019

Sri Lankan soldiers in gun battle with suspects linked to the Easter attacks

A security officer stands guard outside St. Antony's Shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
A security officer stands guard outside St. Antony's Shrine, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Anusha Kumari, with bandages on her left eye, weeps during a mass burial for her husband, two children and three siblings, all victims of an Easter Sunday bomb blast in Negombo (Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Sri Lankan soldiers have exchanged gunfire with suspects after attempting to raid a building in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province as part of the ongoing investigation into the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks.

Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said a gun battle was under way in the coastal town of Sammanthurai, 200 miles from the capital, Colombo.

Local militants with ties to the Islamic State group conducted a series of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday at churches and luxury hotels in and around Colombo and in the distant seaside village of Batticaloa.

The health ministry said about 250 people were killed.

A boy lights a candle after the funeral service of Dhami Brandy, 13, who was killed during Easter Sunday’s bomb blast at St. Sebastian Church (Manish Swarup/AP)
A boy lights a candle after the funeral service of Dhami Brandy, 13, who was killed during Easter Sunday’s bomb blast at St. Sebastian Church (Manish Swarup/AP)

Sri Lanka has remained on edge as authorities have pursued suspects with possible access to explosives.

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