LTTE Sea Tigers sink Sri Lankan FAC in maritime terrorist attack
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s (LTTE) sea tigers have sunk a Sri Lankan Fast Attack Craft (FAC) on Monday night (February 4, 2008) in the sea of Thalaimannar, some 172 nautical miles north west of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The FAC had been initially sent out to drive back Indian fishermen who had entered Sri Lankan waters. (SLN Mines Boarder with India) One of the Indian trawlers requested assistance by the FRC claiming an engine problem. As the Sri Lankan Fast Attack Craft approached the trawler, two other boats opened fired and ultimately sunk the FAC. The clash came as Sri Lanka marked its 60th anniversary of independence from Britain amid tight security, but celebrations were overshadowed by a string of bomb attacks that killed 14 people and wounded 20.