|Navy destroys LTTE arms ship and 4 attack craft - military
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Navy destroys LTTE arms ship and 4 attack craft - military
20 tigers killed
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Sri Lanka's navy on Saturday destroyed a Tamil Tiger vessel carrying arms and other supplies and four smaller attack boats in a battle that killed 20 tigers off the island's northeastern coast, the defence ministry said. Navy patrol craft "completely destroyed" the vessel of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) off the coast of Mullaittivu in a pre-dawn assault, the ministry said in a statement.
It said four more rebel craft in the area supporting the arms ship were also attacked by navy patrol craft. "The enemy logistics vessel was completely destroyed," the statement said. "It is believed that the enemy vessel was carrying a large quantity of warlike materials to the LTTE since it sank engulfed in a ball of fire under the heavy naval fire."
The Navy also intercepted a cluster of LTTE boats and destroyed four enemy attack craft, which were abortively attempting to support the enemy logistics vessel, in a separate confrontation off Mullaithivu.
The Sri Lankan navy had earlier sunk virtually the entire fleet of arms-carrying ships of the Tiger guerrillas, who were known to operate a lucrative shipping business through front organisations.
The latest naval clash came as government ground troops tried to capture the LTTE political capital of Kilinochchi in the north of the island.
On Friday, air force jets pounded rebel bunker lines and other fortifications in the Kilinochchi district in the north, the military said in a statement. Helicopters also attacked a flotilla of boats belonging to the Sea Tigers, the rebel naval wing, that were gathered in a lagoon.
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