LTTE boats beaten off Nachchikudha; 10 boats
destroyed, at least 25 terrorists killed [Updated]
At least 25 terrorists were killed, 10 LTTE craft
reported destroyed, including 3 large attack boats in the coastal waters
at Valaipadu, off Nachchikudha, following an intense sea battle between
Navy and LTTE, Thursday (Sep 18),
since 11.30 a.m.
According to naval sources, the battle lasted over 3
hours which erupted 5 nautical miles West of Nachchikudha, forcing LTTE to retreat with heavy damages.
As the battle progressed, naval Rapid Action Boat
Squadron (RABS) and elite Special Boat Squadron (SBS) craft were reinforced into the confrontation zone,
which launched simultaneous attacks at the approaching LTTE craft. The LTTE boats were led by a senior
sea tiger cadre identified as Kadar, military said citing intercepted
LTTE communication. An LTTE boat has received damages and was observed
towed after the initial interception, according to earlier reports.
Initially 4 suspicious boats were detected off the
Valaipadu coast North of Nachchikudha, and confrontation broke-out when
the approaching naval craft were attacked by LTTE boats, defence sources