Clash in Jaffna Lagoon

[TamilNet, Friday, 31 December 1999, 15:07 GMT]
A Sri Lankan Naval boat was sunk and three other boats were damaged in a sea battle between the Liberation Tigers and a commando unit of the Sri Lanka (SLN) in the Jaffna Lagoon, around 9.30 a.m. yesterday morning, the Tamil Eelam Vaanoli, the Commercial Service of the VoT radio said this evening.

The radio said all members of the sunken water jet crew were also killed.

A black Tiger, identified as Capt. Arivarasan (Muthulingam Jaanakan of Jaffna), died in the battle, according to the radio.

The jetty at Kilaly, on the western coast of the Thenmaradchi, is under the command of the Special Boat Squadron (SBS), the elite special forces wing of the Sri Lanka Navy.


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