Sri Lanka navy says six Tigers killed in sea skirmish

July 28, 2007 (AFP) – The Sri Lankan naval said Saturday it had destroyed at least two suspected Tamil Tiger boats off the island’s northwestern coast, killing at least six rebels. Naval patrol craft intercepted the boats, believed to belong to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), off the coast of Mannar, navy officials said.

There were no immediate reports of naval casualties.

The navy has stepped up patrols in the shallow waters off Mannar following reports of rebel gun-running in the area.

There was no immediate comment from the rebels.

The LTTE has waged a 35-year campaign for independence that has claimed more than 60,000 lives. More than 5,200 people have been killed in the latest upsurge of fighting that began in December 2005.