At least three sailors were killed and several others injured as the Navy and LTTE fought an intense battle in Mannar on Wednesday.Well, they agree on the number of Tigers killed.
The Navy said its outpost at Erukkalampiddi, Mannar Island, came under a predawn attack by the LTTE. A group of Sea Tigers had come in six boats and launched the attack around 2.15 a.m. The sailors defended their post effectively, causing the terrorists to withdraw with their casualties. Four terrorists, including their leader Sirimaran, have died. Also, three sailors have been killed and others wounded during the confrontation, it said.
The Defence Ministry said that Air Force MI-24 helicopters pounded the withdrawing boats in the Gulf of Mannar, targeting the boats fleeing towards Veddithalthievu area.
Reporting the incident, pro-LTTE TamilNet website said the Sea Tigers launched a surprise attack on a Navy camp and brought the installation under their control, seizing arms and military equipment.
The Sea Tiger Marines launched the seaborne lightning strike at 2:08 a.m. and brought the entire installation under their full control within 10 minutes, it said.
TamilNet said four Tiger commandos and nine Sri Lankan troopers were killed.
Landing the Big One
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Something happened between the Sri Lankan Navy and the Tamil Sea Tigers as is reported here: