Children and suicide bombers among the dead, say authorities, following fierce gun battle in east coast town

Fifteen people including six children have died during a Sri Lankan security forces operation in the aftermath of the Easter attacks, as three cornered suicide bombers blew themselves up and others were shot dead, police have said.

The three men set off explosives, also killing three women and six children inside what was believed to a jihadist hideout near the eastern town of Kalmunai on Friday night. “Three other men, also believed to be suicide bombers, were found dead outside the house,” police said, adding that they had been shot.

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