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Last updated: 01 February, 2007 - Published 18:16 GMT
 
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LTTE 'looted' Jordanian ship
 
LTTE 'looting' FARAH III (SCOPP photo)
Government says LTTE looted FARAH III after focefully evicting the crew
The government of Sri Lanka has accused the Tamil Tigers of looting a Jordanian ship that sailed into Sri Lankan waters due to engine trouble.

The Tamil Tigers have recently entered the ship and looted rice and other things on board, a government statement said.

The crew of MV FARAH III earlier accused LTTE of sea piracy.

Captain of the crew, Abdul Jabbar, said the LTTE members who came in six boats threatened to blow up the anchor cable unless the crew obeyed their orders.

'Detached' the anchor

They said the LTTE members who forcefully entered FARAH III fired gun shots at air and ordered them to board a LTTE boats on 23 December, last year.

FARAH III (SCOPP photo)
FARAH III sailed into Sri Lankan waters due to engine trouble

FARAH III was carrying 14,000 tons of rice from India to Durban in South Africa when it was forced to anchor off Mulaitivu.

Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat has accused the LTTE of detaching the anchor of FARAH III in order to get it to a closer position off the Mullaittivu coast.

"There after, the LTTE started looting the cargo of the vessel," a statement by SCOPP said.

There was no immediate response from the Tamil Tigers.

 
 
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