Sri Lanka Navy (SLN)'s Fast Attack Squadron intercepted an LTTE boat movement in the Pulmoddai seas yesterday night. A total of 14 LTTE crafts were sailing along the Pulmoddai coastline. Navy's Israeli built Super Dvora MK I/II fast attack craft attacked the rebel boat movement, destroying two boats and critically damaging another 3.
LTTE boats were hugging the coastline as a strategy to avoid naval patrols. However, this allowed the SLN and SLA ground troops deployed along the coastline attack the boat movement effectively and accurately. LTTE cadres on board the two destroyed craft are presumed killed (between 10-15 cadres were suspected to be on board). A further 3 rebel boats were seriously damaged by SLN fire. The fate of the crew of these crafts is unknown. Rest of the LTTE boats retreated towards Mullathiv.
LTTE boats are known to have a 30MM weapons system which outperforms the 23mm systems mounted in SLN inshore patrol craft.