Two Dvoras sunk -LTTE
[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2000, 17:00 GMT]
Two Dvora Fast Attack Crafts (FACs) were destroyed when the Liberation Tigers attacked a flotilla of Sri Lankan navy vessels off the coast of Vadamaradchi East in the north of the island this evening, the LTTE said in a press release.
Following is the full text of the press release:
"Two Israeli made Dvora gunboats belonging to the Sri Lankan navy were destroyed by the Sea Tigers off the east coast of Vadamarachi today. The incident occurred near Nagar Kovil around 6.30p.m.
"A convoy of Dvora boats patrolling the seas of Vadamarachi East came into confrontation with the Sea Tigers this evening. The Sea Tiger gunboats engaged the flotilla of Sri Lankan naval vessels while the coastal artillery units also targeted the Dvora boats.
"Two Dvora boats received direct hits from artillery bombardment, caught fire and sank. Several Sri Lankan navy personnel were killed in the incident.
"Following the incident a sea battle raged and continued for several hours."