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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

Sri Lanka Navy and LTTE Sea Tigers locked in sea battle off the coast of Talaimannar

Colombo, 18 November, ( Sri Lanka Government’s Defense Ministry reveals of a sea battle today at around 6.15a.m in the sea off Talaimannar, where three LTTE vessels were seen burning due to Air Force Gunship retaliatory attacks assisting the SL Naval Inshore Patrol Craft (IPC's). Reports further revealed that earlier 09 LTTE crafts were engaged in the attack and are now been chased away from the seas off Talaimannar by the SL security forces.

In the meantime according to Irasiah Marshal Illanthirayan LTTE’s Military spokesman, around 10 SLN troopers were killed on Saturday at 6.50 a.m, in the a sea battle that broke out in the seas off Vidathalthivu, 20 km north of Mannar, controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.. The Tiger spokesman also said. 3 Sea Tiger cadres were wounded in the clashes. The battle raged till 8:30 a.m.
Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry reports that Sri Lanka Naval patrol craft detected a suspicious boat movement early this morning that was heading towards LTTE dominated areas in North of Mannar. The Naval troops came under heavy fire when intercepted the suspicious boat movement today around 6.15a.m to which the naval crafts retaliated.

Defence sources further revealed that it is believed that a large number of terrorist were killed in the attack, though figures of the dead were not confirmed through the intercepted LTTE radio transmissions.

Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said small navy patrol craft engaged the Tiger vessels off the Mannar peninsula, and that helicopter gunships were called in to help.

LTTE Military spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan said that Sri Lanka Air Force MI-24 helicopters, MIG and Kfir bombers were engaged in the offensive launched by the Sri Lankan military.

However, there is no way of independently verifying the authenticity of these reports, as reports of hostile campaigns are mainly filed as related by the parties to the conflict.

Media personnel’s are normally deprived from visiting the frontlines of the theatre war for the on-the-spot reporting, except at times Government of Sri Lanka arranges conducted tours to the areas affected by the conflict.

But in the case of the Tamil Tigers they strictly prohibit media personnel entering the areas controlled by them. However they manage to spread the words of their achievements and messages for the consumptions of the Tamil Diasporas as well as to attract the attention of the international community through their highly oiled propaganda machineries.

- Asian Tribune -

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