|Two SLN Dvora boats
destroyed, ship moved to international waters -
[TamilNet, May 11, 2006 13:26 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) ship with around
700 sailors on board got trapped in the clashes that erupted
between the Sri Lanka Navy boats and the Sea Tigers boats in
seas off Vadamaradchi East, Sri Lankan defence sources said.
Two Dvora Fast Attack Crafts (FAC) were reportedly
destroyed. The ship, Perl Cruise, has safely arrived in the
Indian waters, sources in Colombo said. At least fifteen SLN
sailors are reported missing in the clash. Four Sea Tigers
died defending the Sea Tiger boats, the Tigers said. The
ship was a few miles away from the attack site, according to
Sea Tiger sources.
The Liberation Tigers officials in Kilinochchi said two SLN
boats were interrupting the Sea Tiger boats within the LTTE
controlled area. One Dvora FAC was destroyed and another
damaged boat left the scene towards Point Pedro. Four Tigers
Sea Tigers denied Colombo reports of heavy Sea Tiger
casulties. Four LTTE cadres died, according to Sea Tiger
sources from Mullaithivu.
Two LTTE cadres were wounded in the clash.
One of the Dvora boats was sunk around 5:15 p.m. in the seas
off Vettilaikerny and the other retreated after sustaining
heavy damage. This boat, according to informed military
circles in Colombo, sank near Point Pedro.
At least one SLMM official was on board the ship, sources in
At the same time, heavy artillery fire was reported in
Nagarkovil area in Vadamardchi East where Sri Lanka Army had
moved in a large number of troops during the curfew on
Meanwhile, around 30 rounds of artillery and 2 rounds of
Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) fire was reported
towards LTTE controlled Sampoor area in Trincomalee East
from Sri Lanka Army base in Monkey Bridge, sources in