Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sri Lankan military seizes Tiger rebels’ ship

The Sri Lankan military said on Monday it had seized a cargo ship suspected of being an arms smuggling vessel used by the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels at an undisclosed foreign port. Navy spokesman Captain Athula Senarath said the 90-metre long Princess Christina had been captured at a foreign port but refused to reveal the location or identify the country. “We can’t say from where we seized the ship, but we deployed our own crew and brought it to Sri Lankan territorial waters,” he said. Sri Lanka’s navy last year claimed it had destroyed a fleet of 10 gun-running ships operated by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which was finally defeated in May after a 37-year conflict.

AFP

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