Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) have stepped up its attacks against the military killing 11 security personnel during yesterday alone in two separate incidents. A pre dawn attack on the SLN installation in Delft killed 10 navy patrolmen and a claymore explosion targeting army transport in Pettah killed 1 soldier and wounded 6 others.
At y esterday dawn, LTTE sea tiger units made an amphibious assault on the main SLN installation in Delft. Sea tigers used a total of 18 boats including 6 suicide craft in the offensive. The initial wave caused the defending navy personnel to abandon their original positions and pull back into the island. This allowed the LTTE to capture several mounted weapons and ammunitions deployed in the FDL. The Navy was able to regain lost ground with the help of additional FACs and SLAF after a few hours. This attack could be the beginning of another attempt to capture the Jaffna peninsula which is currently held under army control. Although pro rebel media claim a SLN casualty figure of 35, DefenceNet learns that this is false. Only 10 SLN personnel have died and LTTE casualty figure cannot be verified. However the outcome of this attack can be termed as a 'moral victory' for the LTTE as most of the attackers were able to return to their base with captured weapons.