Sri Lanka navy sinks two Tiger boats: military

February 8, 2009 (AFP) – The Sri Lankan navy on Sunday sank two boats carrying Tamil Tiger rebels escaping the island’s north-eastern battle zone, killing at least six guerrillas, a spokesman said. Naval craft attacked two boats belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) off the coast of Mullaittivu where the rebels have been cornered following a major ground offensive, Captain D. K. P. Dassanayake said.

“We have tracked the boats for a short distance and then took them on,” he said.

“We believe there were at least six guerrillas aboard the two craft and two of them must have been senior cadres.”

The attack came as security forces penned the guerrillas in a coastal jungle area which is said to be about 100 square kilometres (38 square miles) in the district of Mullaittivu.