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Six Sea Tigers killed in Mannar clash: Lankan Navy

By Staff
Google Oneindia News

Colombo, July 28 (UNI) Sri Lankan Navy today claimed that it has sunk two suspected Sea Tiger boats after a brief gun battle in the north-western Seas off Mannar, killing six rebels on board.

A navy spokesman said naval Fast Attack Crafts (FACs) on patrol spotted a cluster of Indian fishing trawlers intruding into the Sri Lankan territorial waters about one nautical mile west of Vidataltivu in the Mannar seas this evening.

He said when the FACs approached to check the trawlers ''the two suspected LTTE dinghy boats mingled in the cluster of Indian fishing trawlers, started moving away and heading towards the LTTE-held Vidataltivu area.'' ''When we approached, further the Sea Tigers started firing at naval crafts using Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and other small arms. Navy retaliated the rebel fire sinking both the Sea Tiger boats,'' the naval official said.

''All six Sea Tiger cadres boarding the boats were killed. There was no damage to the navy,'' he said.

There was no immediate reaction from the LTTE in this regard.


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