• In this Friday, April 26, 2019, photo, Sri Lankan police officers show ISIS flag recovered from alleged hideout of militants, in Kalmunai, in Eastern Sri Lanka. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house in the country's east.


    On this Friday, April 26, 2019, photograph, Sri Lankan law enforcement officials present ISIS flag recovered from alleged hideout of militants, in Kalmunai, in Japanese Sri Lanka. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fireplace and set off explosives throughout a raid by Sri Lankan safety forces on a home within the nation’s east.
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  • A Sri Lankan soldier cleans the face of a girl after she was found at the site of an explosion and a gun-battle in Kalmunai, eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house in the country's east.


    A Sri Lankan soldier cleans the face of a woman after she was discovered on the web site of an explosion and a gun-battle in Kalmunai, japanese Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fireplace and set off explosives throughout a raid by Sri Lankan safety forces on a home within the nation’s east.
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  • In this Friday, April 26, 2019, image made from video, officers hold up an Islamic State group flag in Arabic that reads: "There is no God, but Allah" and "Allah, Prophet, Muhammad" during a raid on a house in Sainthamaruthu, Sri Lanka. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on the house in the country's east, leaving behind a grisly discovery Saturday: 15 bodies, including six children.


    On this Friday, April 26, 2019, picture created from video, officers maintain up an Islamic State group flag in Arabic that reads: “There is no such thing as a God, however Allah” and “Allah, Prophet, Muhammad” throughout a raid on a home in Sainthamaruthu, Sri Lanka. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fireplace and set off explosives throughout a raid by Sri Lankan safety forces on the home within the nation’s east, forsaking a grisly discovery Saturday: 15 our bodies, together with six youngsters.
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  • A Sri Lankan Naval soldier picks up the small pieces of glass from inside of the damaged St. Anthony's Church in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. The archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that there will be no Sunday Masses until further notice after the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka.


    A Sri Lankan Naval soldier picks up the small items of glass from within the broken St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. The archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith mentioned that there might be no Sunday Plenty till additional discover after the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka.
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  • An earth-mover removes the debris from the outside of the damaged St. Anthony's Church after it was targeted in a series of Islamic State-claimed suicide bombings that killed hundreds of people during Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. The archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that there will be no Sunday Masses until further notice after the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka.


    An earth-mover removes the particles from the surface of the broken St. Anthony’s Church after it was focused in a sequence of Islamic State-claimed suicide bombings that killed tons of of individuals throughout Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. The archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith mentioned that there might be no Sunday Plenty till additional discover after the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka.
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  • Sri Lankan police and army officers display gelatin sticks, and other bomb making materials recovered from the hide out of militants after Friday's gun battle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house in the country's east, leaving behind 15 bodies, including six children.


    Sri Lankan police and military officers show gelatin sticks, and different bomb making supplies recovered from the conceal out of militants after Friday’s gun battle in Kalmunai, in japanese Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fireplace and set off explosives throughout a raid by Sri Lankan safety forces on a home within the nation’s east, forsaking 15 our bodies, together with six youngsters.
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  • Sri Lankan police and army officers display gelatin sticks, detonators, back packs and other bomb making material recovered from the hide out of militants after Friday's gun battle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house in the country's east, leaving behind 15 bodies, including six children.


    Sri Lankan police and military officers show gelatin sticks, detonators, again packs and different bomb making materials recovered from the conceal out of militants after Friday’s gun battle in Kalmunai, in japanese Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fireplace and set off explosives throughout a raid by Sri Lankan safety forces on a home within the nation’s east, forsaking 15 our bodies, together with six youngsters.
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  • Sri Lankan police and army officers display bomb making materials recovered from a hideout of militants after Friday's gunbattle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house in the country's east, leaving behind 15 bodies, including six children.


    Sri Lankan police and military officers show bomb making supplies recovered from a hideout of militants after Friday’s gunbattle in Kalmunai, in japanese Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fireplace and set off explosives throughout a raid by Sri Lankan safety forces on a home within the nation’s east, forsaking 15 our bodies, together with six youngsters.
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  • An AK47 rifle is seen lying at the place where an alleged terrorist was shot during a gunbattle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house in the country's east, leaving behind 15 bodies, including six children.


    An AK47 rifle is seen mendacity on the place the place an alleged terrorist was shot throughout a gunbattle in Kalmunai, in japanese Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fireplace and set off explosives throughout a raid by Sri Lankan safety forces on a home within the nation’s east, forsaking 15 our bodies, together with six youngsters.
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  • Sri Lankan policemen cover the body of a alleged terrorist after he was shot during a gunbattle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house in the country's east, leaving behind 15 bodies, including six children.


    Sri Lankan policemen cowl the physique of a alleged terrorist after he was shot throughout a gunbattle in Kalmunai, in japanese Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fireplace and set off explosives throughout a raid by Sri Lankan safety forces on a home within the nation’s east, forsaking 15 our bodies, together with six youngsters.
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  • Sri Lankan policemen cover the body of a alleged terrorist after he was shot during a gun-battle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house in the country's east, leaving behind 15 bodies, including six children.


    Sri Lankan policemen cowl the physique of a alleged terrorist after he was shot throughout a gun-battle in Kalmunai, in japanese Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fireplace and set off explosives throughout a raid by Sri Lankan safety forces on a home within the nation’s east, forsaking 15 our bodies, together with six youngsters.
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  • Sri Lankans stand near a roadside shop as a Naval soldier stand near damaged St. Anthony's Church, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Sri Lankan security forces have found 15 bodies, including six children, after militants linked to the Easter bombings set off explosives during a raid on a house in the country's east.


    Sri Lankans stand close to a roadside store as a Naval soldier stand close to broken St. Anthony’s Church, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Sri Lankan safety forces have discovered 15 our bodies, together with six youngsters, after militants linked to the Easter bombings set off explosives throughout a raid on a home within the nation’s east.
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  • Sri Lankan Naval soldiers stand outside damaged St. Anthony's Church, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Sri Lankan security forces have found 15 bodies, including six children, after militants linked to the Easter bombings set off explosives during a raid on a house in the country's east.


    Sri Lankan Naval troopers stand exterior broken St. Anthony’s Church, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Sri Lankan safety forces have discovered 15 our bodies, together with six youngsters, after militants linked to the Easter bombings set off explosives throughout a raid on a home within the nation’s east.
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  • A Sri Lankan girl is taken to a hospital after she was found at the site of an explosion and a gunbattle in Kalmunai, eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fire and set off explosives during a raid by Sri Lankan security forces on a house in the country's east.


    A Sri Lankan lady is taken to a hospital after she was discovered on the web site of an explosion and a gunbattle in Kalmunai, japanese Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. Militants linked to Easter suicide bombings opened fireplace and set off explosives throughout a raid by Sri Lankan safety forces on a home within the nation’s east.
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  • AMPARA, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s Catholics on Sunday awoke making ready to have fun Mass of their properties by a televised broadcast as church buildings throughout the island nation shut over fears of militant assaults, per week after the Islamic State-claimed Easter suicide bombings killed over 250 folks.

    Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, ready for providers that may be carried on TV, a unprecedented measure underlining the concern nonetheless gripping this nation of 21 million folks.

    The U.S. Embassy in Colombo has warned in opposition to attending any service at a spot of worship this weekend.

    The Mass was to be aired at eight a.m. (0230 GMT; 10:30 p.m. ET.)

    The Islamic State group, in the meantime, claimed three of the militants who blew themselves up throughout a bloody police raid linked to the Easter bombings.

    In a press release carried by the extremists’ Aamaq information company, IS recognized the bombers by their noms du guerre as Abu Hammad, Abu Sufyan and Abu al-Qa’qa. It mentioned they opened fireplace with computerized weapons and “after exhausting their ammunition, detonated … their explosive belts.”

    Sri Lanka’s army mentioned the gunfight Friday night time close to the city of Sammanthurai in Ampara District within the nation’s east left 15 lifeless, together with six youngsters, when militants opened fireplace and set off explosives in suicide bombings as safety forces closed in on their secure home.

    IS falsely claimed their militants killed 17 “disbelievers” within the assault. The militants typically exaggerate their claims.

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    The IS report carried {a photograph} of two males earlier than an IS flag, one carrying a Chinese language variant of the Kalashnikov rifle just like the one discovered on the scene, one other smiling.

    A lady and a girl survived the explosion however have been critically injured and being handled at a hospital, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara mentioned.

    Pictures taken by The Related Press present the charred stays of 1 little one and the physique of one other sporting a inexperienced T-shirt with the phrases “good boy” written on the again. The our bodies of an grownup girl and man have been discovered after the explosion with their garments burned off.

    The army mentioned safety forces had recovered explosives, detonators, “suicide kits,” army uniforms and IS flags in the course of the raids within the space.

    Gunasekara mentioned officers performing on info from intelligence officers additionally discovered 150 sticks of blasting gelatin and 100,000 small metallic balls, in addition to a van and clothes suspected of being utilized by these concerned within the Easter assaults on three church buildings and three luxurious motels that left greater than 250 folks lifeless and tons of injured -the bloodies assault linked to the IS in South Asia.

    The federal government on Saturday formally banned two extremist teams purportedly related to the assaults, permitting officers to confiscate their property, presidential spokesman Dharmasri Ekanayake mentioned.

    The federal government, crippled from a protracted political disaster between the president and prime minister final 12 months, promised swift motion to seize militants nonetheless at giant. President Maithripala Sirisena mentioned about 140 folks had been recognized as having hyperlinks to the Islamic State group.

    A “main search operation has been undertaken,” Sirisena mentioned. “Each family within the nation might be checked.”

    Police confirmed that the chief of the native militant group blamed for the assault, Mohamed Zahran, died within the suicide bombing on the Shangri-La Lodge, considered one of six motels and church buildings attacked. Zahran appeared in an IS video claiming accountability for the coordinated assault, and authorities in each Sri Lanka and Australia confirmed hyperlinks between IS and the assault.

            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            

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