ISIS claims attack on Kalmunai, says 17 policemen killed or injured

ISIS claims attack on Kalmunai, says 17 policemen killed or injured
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On Saturday ISIS claimed that three of its members clashed with Sri Lankan police for several hours before detonating their suicide vests in the east coast city of Kalmunai late on Friday, ONAreports citing Reuters.

17 policemen were killed or injured in the attack.

The group did not give evidence backing its claim.

Earlier reports by Sri Lankan police and military said there were no casualties among troops. According to reports, three terrorists blew themselves up during a police raid, killing 15 people, including 6 children.

The military said explosives, detonators, "suicide kits," military uniforms and Daesh flags were recovered during the raid on a site believed to have been used for the manufacture of suicide vests.

On Saturday, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena banned the groups National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim (JMI) which are suspected of being behind the Easter Sunday blasts, and are believed to have links with Daesh.

Faiq Mahmudov

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