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LTTE Attack Galle Naval Base
18 - 20 October 2006
LTTE Attack Galle Naval Base [TamilNet, Wednesday, 18 October 2006]
A 15-member attack team in five vessels entered the Sri Lankan naval base Dakshina, in the southern most port city Galle attacking four Sri Lankan naval vessels and installations. At least three explosive laden attack vessels, attacked naval crafts including a ship, and destroyed a Fast Attack Craft (FAC) and two water jet inshore patrol vessels anchored in the port base around 7:45 a.m. on 18 October 2006.
Attackers in two of the five boat flotilla went on shore and launched RPG rocket attacks on naval installations at the Southern Naval Headquarters Dakshina, located 105 km southeast of Colombo.RPG rocket fire and exchange of gunfire was reported for more than two hours. A Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) sailor was killed, two were reported missing. 15 SLN sailors and 14 civilians were wounded, police said. Wounded SLN sailors and civilian employees were admitted at Karapittiya hospital. Colombo to Galle Road has been closed down. Senior Superindent of Police in Galle, Keerthi de Silva, has clamped down a curfew in the entire district. Galle, regarded as a JVP stronghold, is one of the three major harbours in the island. Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Special Task Force (STF) reinforcements were rushed to the naval base.
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