Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sea battle erupts off Nachchikudha; LTTE boat destroyed [Updated]

An LTTE boat was destroyed and another damaged in a sea battle erupted between Naval attack craft and LTTE in the coast of Valaipadu, off Nachchikudha, Thursday (Sep 18), at around 11 a.m.

Heavy fighting is reported in the area, defence sources said.

Latest reports reveal that, LTTE boats have received immediate orders to retreat from the confrontation as terrorists have sustained heavy damages in the duel. The LTTE boats were led by a senior sea tiger cadre identified as Kadar, military said citing intercepted LTTE communication. An LTTE boat has received damages and was observed towed after the initial interception, according to the sources.

According to ground troops at Nachchikudha, terrorists are receiving a heavy beating by the naval craft.

Initially 4 suspicious boats were detected off the Valaipadu coast North of Nachchikudha, and confrontation broke-out when the approaching naval craft were attacked by LTTE boats, defence sources said.

More information will follow.

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