|18 Sea Tigers Killed, 15 LTTE bodies found in Vanni
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SLAF jets, Navy boats destroy Sea Tigers, 18 Sea Tigers Killed
Task Force 1 capture 2Km trench line Paddaruyalvillu, 15 LTTE bodies recovered
The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) destroyed Four LTTE Boats Killing Eighteen including Seven LTTE Suicide Cadres off Nagar Kovil around 5.45 a.m. on 1st of November. According to the radio intercepted reports, senior Sea Tiger leader 'Lt. Colonel' Kannan, who commanded this sea battle was killed in the attack. It is now confirmed 4 more senior LTTE sea tiger cadres including Paduman master, Pulikutti, Seran and Kalai-madhi were also among the dead. Bodies of four (04) LTTE sea tiger cadres killed have been recovered by SLN in a subsequent search operation.
COLOMBO: The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) claimed that its elite special boat squadron (SBS) and rapid action boat squadron (RABS) intercepted a fleet of 15 LTTE attack boats around 5.45 a.m. off the Naagarkovil sea.
“Navy elites attacked the terrorists’ boats using their very own special fighting technique, and destroyed 4 LTTE craft and inflicted damage on the other. Intercepted LTTE radio transmissions revealed that 14 LTTE cadres, including seven brainwashed suicide cadres, were killed and another 16 were wounded. Five sailors were injured in action,” the Navy said.
According to the radio intercepted reports, 7 senior LTTE sea tiger cadres including Paduman master, Pulikutti, Seran, Kannan and Kalai-madhi were among the dead. Bodies of four (04) LTTE sea tiger cadres killed have been recovered in a subsequent search operation.
In the mean time, the Sri Lanka Air Force said its jets pounded LTTE boats struggling to reach the Champion-Paththu coast after having been beaten off by the Navy. Air Force spokesman said two tiger boats were destroyed and three LTTE cadres killed in the air strikes which were carried out at 8.30 a.m.
Separately, Task Force 1, engaged in the offensive march west of the Kilinochchi front, captured a two-km LTTE trench line in the general area Paddaruyalvillu, six km northeast of Madam, on Saturday morning.
Fighting went on for hours and the LTTE suffered heavy damage. In a search operation conducted in the area immediately following the confrontation, troops found bodies of 15 LTTE cadres, the military said. Ten females were among the killed. Intelligence reports have confirmed that all female cadres killed in confrontations belonged to the LTTE’s Malathi group.
Thirteen T-56 assault riffles and an I-Com set were also found in the search operation.
The LTTE gave a different version on the Sea battle. The pro-LTTE TamilNet claimed that ‘naval flotillas of the Sea Tigers’ engaged in a major clash with the SLN gunships in the seas off Naagarkovil in Vadamaraadchi East from 5.15 to 7 a.m., sinking an SLN Dvora Fast Attack Craft (FAC) and a hovercraft.
Sea Tiger officials told TamilNet that the SLN engaged 20 vessels in the clash, but it was forced to withdraw after suffering casualties. It said seven Black Sea Tigers died in the operation.
“A water-jet vessel of the SLN sustained damage in the battle. The SLN was forced to withdraw, towing the damaged vessel, to the Kaangkeasanthurai (KKS) naval base. The Tigers said their Sea Tiger commandos reached their base, after defeating the SLN,” the web site claimed.
However, SLN denied the report saying that Dvora was not involved in this attack and Navy's only hovercraft is now in Colombo.
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