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Reports on Armed Conflict in Tamil Eelam
SEA TIGERS DESTROY SHIP CARRYING ARMS TO JAFFNA
Press Release from LTTE
Headquarters, Tamil Eelam
26 June 2000
A Sri Lankan cargo vessel carrying arms and ammunition was destroyed and an Israeli made Dvora gunboat was seriously damaged by Sea Tigers, the naval wing of the LTTE, in a ferocious gun battle in the northern high seas off the Point Pedro coast in the early hours of the morning today.
A flotilla of Sea Tiger gunboats intercepted a convoy of Dvora naval boats escorting the merchant vessel MVMerces Uhana carrying a load of arms and ammunition and a fierce naval battle broke out. The battle began around 1.30a.m in the high seas about 50 nautical miles from Point Pedro harbour and continued for 8 hours. In the midst of the sea battle a Black Sea Tiger gunboat laden with explosives rammed into the cargo vessel that caught fire and was completely destroyed. A dvora gunboat was also seriously damaged. Ten Sri Lankan naval personnel were killed in the sea battle.
Six Black Sea Tigers including Lt.Col. Gnaneswaran (Gnana kumar) lost their lives.