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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2340

Navy-Air Force thrashes out at LTTE boats, Seventeen navy personnel missing

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for the Asian Tribune

Colombo, 12 May , (Asiantribune.com):Seventeen Navy personnel continued to be missing hours after LTTE attacked several navy boats in Jaffna. One Dvora boat belonging to the Navy was destroyed while another Dvora boat was damaged due to the incident. Military Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe confirmed that only one vessel belonging to the Navy had sunk and not two as reported. "The other navy vessel was only damaged not destroyed or sunk as reported," he said.

The Pearl Cruiser, which was carrying more than 500 troops, has
returned safely to the Trincomalee harbor a little while ago, highly placed Navy sources said.

Unconfirmed reports claimed that the Navy and Air force had destroyed eight boats belonging to the LTTE.

An official attached to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission noted that this attack initiated by the LTTE against the Navy was a 'gross violation of the four year old Ceasefire Agreement'.

According to the Mission, two Monitoring Mission representatives were also on board of one of the navy vessel, when the LTTE cadres who came in many boats launched the attack. "However none of the Monitoring Mission officials
have been injured," the SLMM official assured.

Meanwhile, soon after the attack by the LTTE, security personnel began retaliating at specified LTTE targets in Killinochchi and Trincomalee in the form of air strikes.

Sources claimed that the Iranamadu airstrip was also attacked by security forces who launched rocket launchers at these specified LTTE targets.

- Asian Tribune -

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