Sri Lanka authorities seize explosives after shootout leaves 15 dead
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Sri Lanka police seized a large cache of explosives on Friday (April 26) after a fierce overnight gun battle that killed at least 15 people in eastern Sri Lanka.
Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said on Saturday (April 27) the bodies of 15 people, including six children, were discovered at the site, six days after suicide bombers on Easter Sunday.
Police said at least three suspected bombers were killed in the shootout.
The shootout between troops and suspected Islamist militants erupted on Friday (April 25) evening in Ampara, to the south of the town of Batticaloa, site of one of the Easter Sunday blasts at three churches and four luxury hotels.
Bomb-making materials, dozens of gelignite sticks and thousands of metal balls were found in a search of a separate house in the same area, the military said.
The government has said nine homegrown, well-educated suicide bombers carried out the almost simultaneous attacks that killed 250 people.