The Sri Lankan navy sank four rebel vessels during a fierce battle off the island’s northwest coast Wednesday, the military said.
The clash erupted early in the day after naval patrol boats attacked a rebel flotilla transporting weapons off northern Mannar district, said the military’s spokesman, Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara.
Sailors destroyed four out of 16 rebel boats that were in the flotilla.
“One navy craft was also severely damaged as two suicide boats rammed into it,” he said, without giving details of casualties.
There was no immediate comment from rebels. (AP)