Two Gunmen Killed in Retaliatory Attacks
[April 27 2019]
together with Police personnel
in the general area of Nintavur,
Sahindamaradu after shoot out on
Friday (26) evening are now
conducting clearing operations,
having cordoned the entire area
as this report was filed around
Reports confirmed that the troops on intelligence
tip-off given by the Police were proceeding towards to check a safe
house of suspected terrorists when they triggered three explosions and
began firing towards the troops. Troops retaliated and raided the safe
house where a large cache of explosives had been stored.
One civilian fell victim and died in the crossfire and
3-4 persons were reportedly injured. At the same time, two of those
gunmen with one weapon, suspected to be from an Islamic terrorist
organization were killed during the retaliation. Similarly, reports
claim that there could be one or more suicide bomber inside the safe
house either killed or in hiding. However, troops are unable to storm
the place in the dark and due to heavy concentration of civilians'
houses around, according to Major General Aruna Jayasekara, Commander,
Security Forces - East.
At the same time, troops at Nintavur detected a brand
new unregistered van, suspected to be belonging to the National Towheed
Jamat's leader, Saharan's brother-in-law, named Niyas. Following
detection of two ID cards, initial reports confirmed the said van had
been bought in Akkaraipattu on cash on 19 April 2019.
At the moment, Army troops have cordoned the entire
area and are conducting clearing operations with the support of sister
services, STF and Policemen in affected areas.
Similarly, according to the Military Spokesman,
Brigadier Sumith Atapattu, combined troops recovered explosives,
detonators, gelignite sticks, acid bottles, det cords, ISIS flags and
backdrop, suicide kits, military uniforms, etc from another safe house
in Samanthurai area earlier in the evening.
Those dead gunmen are yet to be identified and
clearing operations are continuing at the time this report was pasted.
Courtesy: Army Media Unit