Sri Lankan navy destroys LTTE ship
Mar 18, 2007 - 2:09:48 PM
Colombo, March 18 - Sri Lanka's navy destroyed suspected Tamil Tiger ship off the country's eastern coast Sunday, officials said.
The navy's off shore patrol vessels detected a suspected vessel at around 2.30 a.m. about 36 km off Arugam Bay and closed up for investigations, said the Media Center for National Security.
The vessel carried no flag or mark of identification and the details provided by the ship were false, so the navy ordered it to stop for checking. The vessel refused to.
'The naval ships then fired warning shots and the suspected vessel retaliated. The naval ships returned fire at around 7.30 a.m. after confirmation the suspected vessel was indeed carrying arms and explosives on board for the LTTE -,' the statement said.
The vessel exploded and sank at around 9.05 a.m. amid huge explosions. The Sri Lanka Navy has in recent months attacked several ships believed to be carrying arms for the LTTE.
Armed clashes since December 2005 have claimed over 4,000 lives by official count, throwing into disarray the Norwegian-backed peace process.
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