Tiger bid to attack food ships foiled
Security Forces foiled an LTTE attempt to attack two merchant
JAFFNA: An LTTE attempt to attack two merchant ships carrying
essential relief items to people affected by the conflict in the
Northern Peninsula was foiled by Security Forces in the northern sea
Two of the three LTTE suicide boats were exploded near two freight
ships carrying humanitarian aid to civilians from Colombo to
“The LTTE suicide attack was launched in the northern sea off Mailadi
in Mullaitivu yesterday around 5.00 a.m. targeting the two merchant
ships,” Navy spokesman Commander D.P.K. Dassanayake said.
Security Forces providing safe voyage to the two freighters Nimalawa
and Ruhunu foiled the LTTE attempt to breach the area and fired towards
the LTTE suicide boats approaching the ships.
“Two LTTE boats were completely destroyed and another was captured by
the Navy. At least six Sea Tigers were killed,” he added.“The LTTE is
aiming to interrupt Government efforts to provide humanitarian
assistance and supplies to people in the conflict areas. This
demonstrates that the LTTE is a terrorist outfit which has no mercy for
humanity,” Commander Dassanayaka told the Daily News.
He said a Tiger boat was exploded close to the Nimalawa merchant ship
and caused minor damages to the ship.
“However, both ships are sailing without any casualties. They are
carrying 3,500 Metric Ton of cement and 2,500 MT of food items”, he
The merchants ships and captured LTTE suicide boats were towed to the
Mailady shores and Ruhunu and Nimalawa freighters to be taken with the
security of the Navy. Sailors are conducting a search operation in the