Navy jolted by pre-dawn Sea Tiger assault on
isolated Mannar post
The Sea Tigers yesterday lost a boat and four cadres including a leader in an attack on an isolated navy detachment at Irukkalampiddy, Mannar where they killed three navy personnel and wounded two.

Navy headquarters said the raiders later withdrew as reinforcements had converged on the scene of the confrontation, situated about seven kilometres north-west of Mannar town.

The sea-borne attackers had hit the detachment shortly after 2 a.m., a navy official said. They seemed determined to make their presence felt. The latest operation was similar to the raid on Cheerativu islet near Jaffna town in the early hours of May 28, he said.

The Tamilnet quoted the LTTE as saying they had captured two 50 caliber machine guns, two 81 mm mortars, two PK-Light Machine Guns, one rocket propelled grenade launcher, one AK light machine gun, one light anti-tank weapon, two 60 mm mortars and three T 56 assault rifles. According to the pro-LTTE website, the raid been launched in the memory of self-styled ‘Lieutenant Colonel’ Gadaafi, a commander of what it called Sea Tigers Special Engineering Division killed two months ago.

Gadaafi is believed to have been killed by troops operating behind LTTE lines. Although the military doesn’t usually discuss such operations, Army Chief Lt. General Sarath Fonseka recently told The Island, that clandestine forays into enemy territory had been stepped up.

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