Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sri Lanka troops, Tamil Tigers in fierce naval battle

(yahoo)COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's navy Tuesday destroyed four Tamil Tiger boats and killed 16 guerrillas trying to escape as government soldiers close in on the rebels' last base in the northeast, the military said.

Officials said the pre-dawn naval battle erupted in waters off Mullaittivu, a jungle and lagoon area and the last town in Sri Lanka still in the hands of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

A naval blockade has been stepped up to prevent any rebel leaders from leaving the country. On the ground, government forces claim they have the Mullaittivu area surrounded. Full Text