Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sri Lankan Air Force sink two rebel boats

The military in Sri Lanka said the Air Force sank two attack craft of Tamil Tiger rebels and destroyed another in the northern Mullaittivu district in air strikes on Sunday (Feb 15).

"Sri Lankan Air Force MiG-27 fighter jets launched precision air strikes at identified LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) attack craft sinking two, while destroying another, north of the Mullaittivu lagoon at around 1 p.m. (0730 GMT)," said the Ministry of Defense in a statement.

Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said the three LTTE craft were located near the wreck of the Farah-III, Jordanian cargo vessel which was pirated by the LTTE on Dec. 23, 2006.

Government troops are on a full-scale military offensive against the LTTE, which the government said has been cornered in an area less than 200 square-km in the Mullaittivu district.