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this was the scene of a shootout between Sri Lankan troops and suspected Islamist militants , she said Saturday fifteen people were killed six of them children security forces believe the militants were part of the group blamed for the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on three churches and for hotels that killed hundreds of people , troops heading for the suspected safe house say they were repulsed by explosions and gunfire they retaliated they say they found a large cache of explosives that are these are bomb making materials found in a separate raid on a house nearby the military say along with gelignite sticks and thousands of pulled bearings they found this Islamic state flag Islamic state has claimed responsibility for the attack without providing evidence the raids took place just south of Batticaloa on the east coast but one of the attacks occurred the others were in Colombo the government says the bombers were nine well educated shrunken and they've identified a to them they were suspected members of a home grown Islamist group national tell he'd Jamaat authorities a warning of more attacks on religious centers in the United States and Britain have won their citizens against travel to Sri Lanka the bombings in a tourist haven shattered the calm shrugged enjoyed since civil war ended a decade ago nearly ten thousand soldiers have been deployed across the island Christians and Muslims have been urged to pray at home and to avoid religious gatherings that could become a target the archbishop of Colombo said that be no Catholic masses anywhere in Sri Lanka the Sunday officials have acknowledged intelligence warnings from India %HESITATION of possible attacks want shed widely enough are up to the legal precedent makes your policy Reseda said this week top defense and police chiefs had kept him in the dark