Islamic State claims 3 terrorists blew themselves in Sri Lanka
New Delhi : The Islamic State on Saturday claimed that three of its terrorists blew themselves up in clashes with Sri Lanka Police.
The men set off explosives after an hour-long gun battle with police Saturday, inside what was believed to be a jihadist hideout near the eastern town of Kalmunai, in the latest fallout from the Easter attacks.
In a statement posted by the Amaq News Agency, Islamic State said that the three men were part of the ISIS group and detonated their bombs after the fight with police.
The statement said the men "clashed with them (Sri Lankan police) with automatic weapons, and after exhausting their ammunition, detonated on them their explosive belts."
Fifteen people died in the clashes, police said, including three women and six children.
The violence came six days after the Easter Day bombings on three churches and three luxury hotels which killed at least 253 people and injured 500.