15 people have been killed in a gun battle between Sri Lankan troops and suspected terrorists near the eastern town of Batticaloa.
Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said that six children were among those killed in the overnight battle.
He said that a child caught in the crossfire was admitted to hospital.
Atapattu said that three explosions were triggered at the suspected terrorists’ hideout as troops approached.
He said that three suspected suicide bombers were killed in the ensuring shootout.