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 Post subject: Navy Destroys a Sea Tiger Boat, Seizes Another
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:33 pm 
Sri Lankan navy destroys Tamil rebel boat, at least 8 rebels killed

© AP / the International Herald Tribune
12 Feb 2007


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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka's navy destroyed a separatist rebel boat during a pre-dawn clash on Monday, killing at least eight insurgents off the country's east coast, as air force fighter planes bombed a rebel-held area in the north, the military said.

The sea clash broke out after the navy spotted two suspicious boats in a restricted area off the coast of the eastern town of Pulmoddai, about 225 kilometers (140 miles) northeast of the capital Colombo, navy spokesman Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake said.

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One boat was destroyed and the other boat was recovered along with a body and some weapons, he said. There were no survivors on either of the rebel boats, said Dassanayake, adding that the navy suffered no damage or casualties.

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There was no immediate comment from the Tamil Tiger rebels, who have fought government troops since 1983 for an independent homeland in the north and east for Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil minority after decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.

Also on Monday, government war planes bombed areas controlled by the insurgents in the north, a pro-rebel Web site said.

Eighteen bombs were dropped on rebel-held Mullaitivu district in the morning, the TamilNet Web site reported, without giving details.

There was no immediate comment from the Sri Lankan military.

Fighting between Tamil Tigers and the military has left at least 68,000 people dead, including about 3,600 fighters and civilians who died in an escalation of violence last year, and despite a 2002 Norway-brokered cease-fire.

Both sides claim they are still adhering to the truce.


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 Post subject: Navy Destroys Two more LTTE Boats Killing Nine Sea Tigers
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 1:59 pm 
Navy Destroys Two more LTTE Boats Killing Nine Sea Tigers
One Craft recovered with two dead bodies

THE Navy destroyed two more LTTE boats off the Kalpitiya coast, killing nine Sea Tigers on 22nd of February 2007. One arrow type attack craft along with two dead bodies of LTTE cadres were recovered in a salvage operation launched today (23) in the seas off Baththalangunduwa. The craft was fixed with an anti aircraft gun. At the time of the sinking there were 9 Sea Tigers on both crafts.

@ Agencies/MOD / 23Feb2007

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One of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) boats that was destroyed by Sri Lanka Navy fire power was fixed with an anti aircraft gun, Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayaka said.

The Navy spokesman said when Navy frogmen salvaged one of the LTTE crafts that was destroyed in the shallow waters off Kalpitiya by the Navy it was found the craft was fixed with 14.5 anti air craft gun. In addition it was also fixed with a powerful machine gun.

The Navy recovered the sea tiger arrow type attack craft along with two dead bodies of LTTE cadres in a salvage operation launched today (23) in the seas off Baththalangunduwa.

At the time of the sinking there were 9 Sea Tigers on both crafts. There were six on one craft and there were three on the other craft.

Commander Dassanayaka said they could find out only two bodies since even the crafts have been taken away by the strong currents of the rough seas from the places they sank after the confrontation.

The two bodies found were stuck inside one of the crafts, he said. Otherwise even those bodies would have been taken away by the strong currents and lost.

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Dassanayaka said the two bodies were clearly identified as bodies of Sea Tigers due to the cyanide capsules hanging from their necks.

One craft was entirely engulfed in fire as soon as it was attacked indicating it was carrying high explosives. Both crafts are believed to have come from the Tamil Nadu shores.

Sri Lankan intelligence sources say these boats constantly sail between the narrow Palk Straits between the two countries and the Bay of Mannar obviously gun running.

According to Defence analysts the sinking of a arrow type LTTE attack craft by the Navy is a big blow to the sea tigers that have been using these craft to smuggle war like material into the Island through the Palk strait.

Naval sources confirmed that the LTTE has been operating few of these special arrow type attack craft in the area. These arrow type attack craft are fast, highly maneuverable and powered by outboard motors. These boats can have a variety of weapons fitted on them depending on its mission.


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