A soldier stands guard at a checkpoint in Colombo on Saturday. Agence France-Presse
An extremist leader considered a central figure in Sri Lanka’s Easter suicide bombings died in the attacks, the president said on Friday as the police chief became the latest figure to quit over the failure to prevent the massacre.
The shootout between troops and suspected militants erupted on Friday evening in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara district, to the south of the town of Batticaloa, site of one of the Easter Sunday blasts at three churches and four luxury hotels.
Sirisena also warned it may be possible Daesh had launched a "new strategy" by targeting smaller countries, Sky New said on Wednesday.
Government planes and helicopters launched more than 280 strikes on Sunday and Russian jets had carried out 15, said Director of the Observatory.
The Pakistani military said on Monday militants attacked an army post in a troubled region bordering Afghanistan where ethnic tensions have recently flared up with minority Pashtuns,
President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States was not seeking “regime change” in Iran despite mounting tensions, in dovish comments also praising North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un as a “very smart guy.”