Colombo: The Islamic State on Sunday has claimed that three of its militants blew themselves up in the encounter in Eastern province of the island nation.
The IS’s response comes a day after 15 persons were killed by the Sri Lankan security forces in a fierce gunfight between them and those responsible for the serial bombings at churches and hotels.
According to reports, on Friday night, Special Task Force and Army troops continued their hunt for members of the local terror outfit National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) which is believed to be behind the Easter blasts.
Fifteen people including six children were killed in the gun battle in a safe house in Kalmunai town, 370-km from capital Colombo.
News agencies quoting Colombo Gazette report said on Sunday that the ISIS released a statement in its propaganda ‘Amaq’ news agency that three of its terrorists had blown them up in the encounter.
The statement said that the militants opened fire with automatic weapons and after exhausting their ammunition they detonated on them their explosive belts.
It is worthwhile to mention that on April 21, nine suicide bombers carried out coordinated blasts that ripped through three churches and three high-end hotels on the Easter Sunday.
The gruesome killing had claimed lives of 253 people.