|3 LTTE SHIPS CARRYING ARMS DESTROYED - photos added!
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|Author:||Percy [ Wed Sep 12, 2007 1:12 am ]|
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THREE LTTE SHIPS CARRYING ARMS DESTROYED
Tiger's smuggling fleet nearly destroyed
The ships were believed to have transported 03 light aircrafts, 120 mm, 130mm artillery rounds, 120 mm weapons, a high speed boat and a bullet proof vehicle for the LTTE leader
12 Sep 2007 /@ Agencies / MCNS
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka sank three Tamil rebel ships packed with weapons and carrying 3 light aircrafts, the navy said on Tuesday, nearly destroying what remained of the separatist smuggling fleet.
The vessels have been sunk in three different encounters since Monday morning, Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda said.
There has been no word from the Tigers on the incidents.
"It's a huge blow to the LTTE," said Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, the naval commander, referring to the rebels by the initials of their formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
He said the vessels were each about 70 metres (230-feet) long and were marked with the names "Mayoshi," "Seishin," and "Koshi" but authorities believed the identities were bogus.
The rebels had once possessed 10 large smuggling ships, but three of them were destroyed in recent years, according to military estimates. In February, the navy announced it had destroyed a fourth and in March said it had sunk two more. The three ships reportedly sunk this week would leave the Tigers with only one smuggling ship, the military said.
Foreign security experts and diplomats say the rebel fleet might still have numbered as many as a dozen ships before the naval battles began on Monday, but the loss of three of them would still be significant.
The three large oceangoing ships were destroyed in separate incidents between Monday morning and early Tuesday about 700 nautical miles southeast of this Indian Ocean island nation, Karannagoda told reporters.
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