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After the attacks: explosions and gunfire in Sri Lanka

After the terrorist attacks have stormed the security forces in Sri Lanka, a building of Suspects - it apparently came to a firefight. The police have reported several arrests and was, apparently, a IS-flag.

After the suicide attacks on Easter Sunday, security forces in Sri Lanka seem to go more against suspected extremists. The military reported a firefight with Suspects in the coastal town of Sammanthurai. It is also said to have several explosions. The place is not far from the town of Batticaloa, where a Church was attacked.

The Suspects were in connection to the attacks, with more than 250 dead, as quoted by the AP news Agency a military spokesman. Police and military forces were moved in to search a house. Were found, according to a report by the news Agency dpa explosives vests and materials for the manufacture of bombs. Seven Suspects had been detained. Television images showed a flag of the terrorist militia "Islamic state", which should also be in the building have been found.


Earlier, the authorities had declared that more Suspects could be on the run - probably armed and with explosives. The police said that it would be more stop give plans of the Islamists in the island state. Worldwide authorities have warned before travelling to Sri Lanka and within the country. Also, the Foreign office tightened its travel advice.

German tour operators offer their customers free cancellations or organise the return trip. Tui said all trips in the country are up to 31. May have been cancelled. From the German travel Association said that according to rough estimates, a total of around 5,000 German tourists were on the island. The Netherlands announced to get up to 500 tourists home.

instructions ignored?

The authorities of Sri Lanka in the course of the investigation under pressure: Indian secret services had reportedly already more than two weeks prior to Easter, notes on attack plans. These were, apparently, even the names and known places of residence of the Suspect and further details of the planned attacks. It is unclear why the notes remained apparently unnoticed.

Seven suicide bombers had blown themselves up in three churches, three Hotels, and other places in the air. The terrorist militia "Islamic state" claimed the attacks later. The government of Sri Lanka makes the local Islamists group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) is responsible for the acts, which may be supported from abroad.

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