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15 dead in shoot-out between Sri Lanka military and suspected Easter Sunday bombers

In this image, two armed and helmeted soldiers walk down the middle of the street.
Sri Lankan soldiers at a Colombo checkpoint on April 27, 2019. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lankan military personnel and suspected Islamist militants engaged in a shoot-out Friday night during a military raid, as soldiers searched for suspects of this week's fatal Easter Sunday suicide bombings, CBS News reports.

What's happening: 15 people were killed in the aftermath of the raid, including family members of the militants, according to CBS. The Sri Lankan military said they believed the militants to be part of the same group behind the Easter Sunday attacks, which killed over 300 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks this week. The Sri Lankan military reportedly found an ISIS flag during their first raid to find the Easter Sunday attackers.

ISIS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka attacks

Church roped off from Sri Lanka bombing
Photo: Lakrwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images

ISIS claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people and injured more than 500, but did not immediately offer proof for its claim, the AP reports.

The big picture: Sri Lankan officials said earlier that they believed the attacks were a retaliation against the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand in March, which killed 50 and injured 42.

Go deeper: Sri Lankan attacks underscore continued threat of jihadist groups