Two LTTE boats sunk, 8 rebels killed: Sri Lankan Navy

September 30th, 2008 - 12:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Sep 30 (IANS) At least eight Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed and two of their boats destroyed in a confrontation between the Sri Lankan Navy and the Sea Tigers in the sea off the northern coast, an official here said Tuesday. A naval official said the sea clash broke out late Monday night when the elite ‘Special Boat Squadron’ of the navy on routine patrol in the northern sea spotted and pursued two Sea Tiger boats off Pooneryn around 11.00 p.m.

“These two Sea Tiger boats were moving close to the coast from Pooneryn to the nearby Kalmunai point in the north when the special boat squadron mounted a surprise attack on them. The LTTE boats were completely destroyed and sunk in this attack,” the official said.

“Eight LTTE cadres on board were confirmed killed in the attack. The navy is carrying out a search operation in the area,” he said, adding that there was no damage to the navy.

Pooneryn lies on the western coast of the northern Jaffna peninsula and the LTTE in the past had operated their long-range artillery guns and mortars towards the military targets in the peninsula from there.

There was no immediate reaction from the rebels. The Sea Tigers are the LTTE’s naval wing.

Thousands have died in fighting between the LTTE and the military since late 2005. The military is presently engaged in efforts to wrest territory in the north controlled by the LTTE.

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