Sri Lankan navy destroy and capture Sea Tiger boats

Feb 12, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s navy destroyed a Tamil Tiger boat Monday and captured another off the eastern coastal town of Trincomalee, the defence ministry said. A naval patrol in the area detected the two Sea Tiger attack craft while they were cruising towards the southern part of Sri Lanka along the eastern shoreline.

Naval fast attack craft destroyed one boat and disabled the other craft, making it possible for the navy to capture it, Navy spokesman Commander D. P. K. Dassanayake said.

The navy recovered two bodies including one female Tiger rebel after the attack, he said, adding that several weapons were also recovered.

Each boat was manned by around four people. Dassanayake said the fate of the remaining six was unknown.

Elsewhere on the island, suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) rebels gunned down a Sinhalese civilian driver in the northern town of Vavuniya late Sunday.

The victim was driving his three-wheeler taxi at the time the shooting took place, the defence ministry said.

More than 60,000 people have died in the 35-year-old ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, where the LTTE is fighting for a separate state for