Sri Lanka navy: Rebel suicide attack foiled at sea
Wed October 22, 2008 06:36 EDT .
KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's navy destroyed two explosive-laden Tamil Tiger rebel boats Wednesday that attempted to crash into two cargo ships sailing to the country's troubled north, a naval spokesman said. omeland for Sri Lanka - 's ethnic minority Tamils.
Navy spokesman D. K. P. Dassanayake said sailors fired at the rebel boats Wednesday as they approached the cargo ships off the shores of Myliddi in the northern Jaffna peninsula.
The navy destroyed two of three boats that attacked and captured one, Dassanayake said.
He said the navy suffered no casualties but that one navy ship was damaged when one of the rebel boats exploded. The Tamil Tigers have a sea wing known as the Sea Tigers.
It was not possible to contact rebel officials for comment because communication lines to rebel territory in the north have been severed.
Pro-Tamil Puthinam Web site, however, reported the rebels sank a ship that was transporting military equipment in the guise of ferrying essential goods for the civilians in Jaffna.
Two suicide attackers were killed, the Web site report said.
The military says government forces have made dramatic progress on the northern fronts in the past months, seizing chunks of rebel-held territory and a series of bases.
More than 70,000 people have been killed since fighting began in 1983.
On the Web:
Pro-rebel Web site: http://www.puthinam.com
Published: Wed Oct 22 07:46:57 EDT 2008