Sri Lanka's navy said it destroyed a separatist rebel boat on Monday, killing at least eight insurgents off the country's east coast.
One boat was destroyed and another boat was recovered, along with a body and weapons, said navy spokesman Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake.
He said the sea clash broke out after the navy spotted two suspicious boats in a restricted area off the coast of the eastern town of Pulmoddai, about 225 kilometers (140 miles) from the capital Colombo, at dawn Monday.
No insurgent Tamil Tiger rebels survived the battle, said Dassanayake, adding that the navy suffered no damage.