The Islamic State group has claimed three of the militants killed in a shootout with police in eastern Sri Lanka.

In a statement published early Sunday by the extremists’ Aamaq news agency, IS gave their noms du guerre as Abu Hammad, Abu Sufyan and Abu al-Qa’qa.

It says they opened fire with automatic weapons and “after exhausting their ammunition, detonated on them their explosive belts.”

A Sri Lankan soldier cleans the face of a girl after she was found at the site of an explosion and a gun-battle in Kalmunai, eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
A Sri Lankan soldier cleans the face of a girl after she was found at the site of an explosion and a gun-battle in Kalmunai, eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)

IS falsely claimed their militants killed 17 “disbelievers” in the attack. The militants often exaggerate their claims.

The claim carried a photograph of two men before an IS flag, one carrying a Chinese variant of the Kalashnikov rifle like the one found at the scene, another smiling.

Sri Lanka’s military says the gunfight Friday night in Ampara District left 15 dead, including six children.

In this Friday, April 26, 2019, image made from video, officers hold up an Islamic State group flag in Arabic that reads:
In this Friday, April 26, 2019, image made from video, officers hold up an Islamic State group flag in Arabic that reads: “There is no God, but Allah” and “Allah, Prophet, Muhammad” during a raid on a house in Sainthamaruthu, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo)
A Sri Lankan Naval soldier picks up the small pieces of glass from inside of the damaged St. Anthony's Church in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Shonal Ganguly)
A Sri Lankan Naval soldier picks up the small pieces of glass from inside of the damaged St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Shonal Ganguly)
An earth-mover removes the debris from the outside of the damaged St. Anthony's Church after it was targeted in a series of Islamic State-claimed suicide bombings that killed hundreds of people during Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
An earth-mover removes the debris from the outside of the damaged St. Anthony’s Church after it was targeted in a series of Islamic State-claimed suicide bombings that killed hundreds of people during Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Sri Lankan police and army officers display gelatin sticks, and other bomb making materials recovered from the hide out of militants after Friday's gun battle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
Sri Lankan police and army officers display gelatin sticks, and other bomb making materials recovered from the hide out of militants after Friday’s gun battle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
Sri Lankan police and army officers display gelatin sticks, detonators, back packs and other bomb making material recovered from the hide out of militants after Friday's gun battle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
Sri Lankan police and army officers display gelatin sticks, detonators, back packs and other bomb making material recovered from the hide out of militants after Friday’s gun battle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
Sri Lankan police and army officers display bomb making materials recovered from a hideout of militants after Friday's gunbattle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
Sri Lankan police and army officers display bomb making materials recovered from a hideout of militants after Friday’s gunbattle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
An AK47 rifle is seen lying at the place where an alleged terrorist was shot during a gunbattle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
An AK47 rifle is seen lying at the place where an alleged terrorist was shot during a gunbattle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
Sri Lankan policemen cover the body of a alleged terrorist after he was shot during a gunbattle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
Sri Lankan policemen cover the body of a alleged terrorist after he was shot during a gunbattle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
Sri Lankan policemen cover the body of a alleged terrorist after he was shot during a gun-battle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
Sri Lankan policemen cover the body of a alleged terrorist after he was shot during a gun-battle in Kalmunai, in eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
Sri Lankans stand near a roadside shop as a Naval soldier stand near damaged St. Anthony's Church, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Sri Lankans stand near a roadside shop as a Naval soldier stand near damaged St. Anthony’s Church, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Sri Lankan Naval soldiers stand outside damaged St. Anthony's Church, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Sri Lankan Naval soldiers stand outside damaged St. Anthony’s Church, in Colombo, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A Sri Lankan girl is taken to a hospital after she was found at the site of an explosion and a gunbattle in Kalmunai, eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)
A Sri Lankan girl is taken to a hospital after she was found at the site of an explosion and a gunbattle in Kalmunai, eastern Sri Lanka, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Achala Upendra)

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