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15 dead during raids on terror hideout in Sri Lanka

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According to the information given by the sources, in an incident that took place in Sri Lanka’s Sainthamaruthu town on the east coast of the island nation killed at least 15 people including six men, six children and three women after a shootout took place in the area.

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Police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said search operations are still under way at the locations of the blasts.

Gunasekara said the bodies of six men, three women and six children have been found.

The encounter between security forces and a group of armed men broke out on Friday night during a search and cordon operation related to the Easter Sunday attacks. Police had informed troops about a suspected safe house in Sainthamaruthu when the suspected militants triggered three explosions and began firing towards the troops.

At a security council meeting held on Friday night, it was decided that search operations to crack down on extremists must continue until the threat is completely eliminated, according to PTI. Nine suicide bombers had carried out a series of blasts at churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday, killing 253 people.

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The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheed Jamaat.

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