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Sri Lanka: 15 dead as police raid Easter bombings suspects' home00:38

Sri Lanka: 15 dead as police raid Easter bombings suspects' home

Sri Lanka, Sainthamaruthu, Kalmunai
April 27, 2019 at 08:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

At least 15 people were killed, including six children, after police squads raided a compound allegedly housing militants with suspected links to the Easter Sunday attacks, in Sainthamaruthu on Friday night.

Police authorities stated that a shootout ensued once the police squads had stormed the house of suspected National Towheed Jama'at (NTJ) members. Police authorities also reported the detonation of explosive devices by suicide bombers inside the building, which reportedly lead to further casualties.

The NTJ has been accused of carrying out the deadly bombings on Easter Sunday but has not admitted to carrying out the attacks.

At least 253 people were killed and hundreds injured on April 21, Easter Sunday, during the Easter weekend, in eight seemingly coordinated explosions which rocked hotels and churches across the Indian Ocean island.

The initial death toll of 321 was revised downwards to 253 by the Sri Lankan Health Ministry, who cited an error in calculation.

Sri Lanka: 15 dead as police raid Easter bombings suspects' home00:38
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At least 15 people were killed, including six children, after police squads raided a compound allegedly housing militants with suspected links to the Easter Sunday attacks, in Sainthamaruthu on Friday night.

Police authorities stated that a shootout ensued once the police squads had stormed the house of suspected National Towheed Jama'at (NTJ) members. Police authorities also reported the detonation of explosive devices by suicide bombers inside the building, which reportedly lead to further casualties.

The NTJ has been accused of carrying out the deadly bombings on Easter Sunday but has not admitted to carrying out the attacks.

At least 253 people were killed and hundreds injured on April 21, Easter Sunday, during the Easter weekend, in eight seemingly coordinated explosions which rocked hotels and churches across the Indian Ocean island.

The initial death toll of 321 was revised downwards to 253 by the Sri Lankan Health Ministry, who cited an error in calculation.