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5 SLN sailors, 1 LTTE cadre killed in sea clash - LTTE

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 28 June 2006, 07:50 GMT]
Sea Tiger vessels counter-attacked and sunk a Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) navy water-jet vessel and destroyed another SLN vessel in the northwestern seas, according to a news release issued by the media unit of the LTTE. Five SLN troopers were in the boat which was sunk by the Sea Tigers. One LTTE cadre was killed in the clash. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Police sources in Puttalam claimed that the clash had taken place between Kuthiraimalai and Kalpitty in Puttalam district.

The confrontation, according to the LTTE, was defensive and originated Wednesday around 11:25 a.m. in LTTE territorial waters, when SLN vessels interrupted a Sea Tiger convoy.

The clash went on for 55 minutes in the sea till the SLN troopers withdrew, the news release said.

Two LTTE cadres were wounded in the clash.

Kalpitty is located 145 km north of Colombo

 

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