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The life & times of V Prabhakaran
1960-70s: Takes to militancy, indulges in minor acts of violence

1972: Forms Tamil New Tigers (TNT), flees home for good

1975: Assassinates Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duriappah at Hindu temple

1976: TNT becomes Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

1978: LTTE issues first Press statement

1982: Arrested in Madras (now Chennai) after a shootout with a rival Tamil
militant. Jailed, bailed, escapes to Sri Lanka

1983: Ambushes army patrol in Jaffna, killing 13 soldiers. Anti-Tamil riots sweep Colombo, leaving hundreds dead and igniting Tamil insurgency

September 1983: Moves to Tamil Nadu, sets up home in Chennai. LTTE training camps come up in Tamil Nadu

1984: Meets Tamil Nadu chief minister MG Ramachandran and seeks support Marries Jaffna university student. They go on to have two sons and daughter

May 1985: Orders massacre of Buddhists in the holy town of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

April-May 1986: Orders slaughter of Tamil militants from rival group TELO

January 1987: Quits India for good, saying there is an attempt to kill him

July 1987: Meets Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in New Delhi and says he accepts India-Sri Lanka accord meant to end Tamil separatism

August 1987: Gives speech in Jaffna, saying “We love India”, but tells aides he will teach India a lesson for betraying Tamil Eelam cause

October 1987: Launches war against Indian troops deployed in Sri Lanka’s northeast

April-June 1989: Goes into peace talks with Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who asks Indian troops to go home

July 1989: LTTE kills well known Tamil politicians A Amirthalingam and V Yogeswaran in Colombo

April 1990: Takes control of Jaffna, addresses the media

June 1990: Resumes war against Sri Lanka for Tamil Eelam, orders 100,000 Muslims living in Jaffna to quit. Rival militant K Pathmanabha and aides killed in Chennai, India

March 1991: Sri Lankan defence minister Ranjan Wijeratne assassinated

May 1991: LTTE woman suicide bomber assassinates former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in rally near Chennai.

August 1992: Sri Lanka’s northern army command wiped out

November 1992: Sri Lanka Navy chief Clancey Fernando assassinated

1993: Sri Lankan President Premadasa killed at May Day rally

August 1993: Arrests LTTE number two Mahattaya on charges of being Indian spy, executes him in December 1994

1994: Agrees to talk to President Chandria Kumaratunga. Fighting halts

1995: Sri Lankan presidential candidate Gamini Dissanayake assassinated. Resumes war against for Tamil Eelam

December 1995: Loses Jaffna to Sri Lankan troops

July 1996: LTTE kills 1,200 soldiers and cops in military complex in just 72 hours

December 1999: President Kumaratunga escapes assassination bid, blinded in one eye

2000-01: Sri Lanka approaches Norway to facilitate peace talks with LTTE

July 2001: LTTE suicide cadres overrun Sri Lanka’s only international airport, destroys 13 aircraft

February 2002: Signs Norway-brokered ceasefire agreement with Sri Lanka

April 2002: Addresses international media in Kilinochchi, says he will never give up Tamil Eelam cause

April 2003: Walks out of Norway-backed peace process

March 2004: Faces revolt by LTTE eastern regional commander Karuna and hundreds of cadres in eastern province

August 2005: Sri Lankan foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar shot dead by LTTE sniper

April 2006: Army General Sarath Fonseka badly hurt in attack by woman suicide bomber

December 2006: Defence secretary Mr Gothabaya Rajapaksa, brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, survives assassination attempt

2007: Launches air strike near Colombo. LTTE loses eastern province to Sri Lanka

January 2008: Sri Lanka spikes ceasefire agreement. LTTE begins to lose territory in north

January 2009: Loses Kilinochchi, hub of de facto Tamil Eelam state; retreats into Mullaitivu district

17 May, 2009: Decides to “silence” guns and end armed struggle

18 May, 2009: Prabhakaran killed

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Sri Lanka confirms Prabhakaran dead
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COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military on Tuesday said Tamil Tiger leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran's body had been found, and President Mahinda Rajapaksa urged Tamils to join in rebuilding a nation split by a 25-year separatist war.

Footage broadcast on Sri Lankan TV showed what appeared to be the corpse of the man who plunged the Indian Ocean island nation into one of the world's most intractable wars, his eyes open, face bloated and the top of his head blown off.

The military declared total victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Monday, putting the Indian Ocean island nation back under government rule for the first time since the war erupted in 1983 after a cataclysmic final battle.

With a war long viewed as unwinnable now over, Rajapaksa gave a speech in parliament pledging major development in the formerly Tiger-controlled areas in northern Sri Lanka and pledging to protect the rights of Tamils.

" is necessary that the political solutions they need should be brought to them," he said. "However, it cannot be an imported solution ... it is necessary that we find a solution that is our very own, of our own nation."

He pledged rapid resettlement of the more than 250,000 Tamils now in internment camps and urged international investors to come to Sri Lanka and invest in its rebuilding

"This is our country, this is our motherland. We should live in this country as children of one mother. No differences of race, caste and religion should prevail here," Rajapaksa said in Tamil.

Tamils complain of marginalisation by successive governments led by the Sinhalese ethnic majority, which came to power at independence in 1948 and took the favoured position Tamils had enjoyed under the British colonial government.

The LTTE sprung up in the 1970s to fight for a separate nation for minority Tamils, who complained of marginalisation and abuse by governments led by the Sinhalese ethnic majority in power since independence from Britain in 1948.


Later, Army commander General Sarath Fonseka for the first time gave official confirmation of Prabhakaran's death, shortly after a pro-rebel web site said he was "alive and safe".

"The good news from the war front is that the body of the leader of the terrorist organisation which destroyed the country for the last 30 years, Prabhakaran, has been found this morning by the army. We have identified the body," Fonseka said.

Moments later, private TV stations Derana and Swarnavahini showed soldiers surrounding what they said was Prabhakaran's body, with his trademark moustache and distinctive Tiger stripe camouflage fatigues.

On Tuesday, a pro-rebel web site denied the death.

"I wish to inform the global Tamil community distressed witnessing the final events of the war that our beloved leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran is alive and safe," quoted LTTE diplomatic head Selvarajah Pathmanathan as saying.

The confusion was a fitting end to a war marked as much by its propaganda and distortions of the truth as its brutality, punctuated by hundreds of suicide bombings and assassinations by the LTTE and battlefield killing by both sides.

The defeat of the Tigers was met with a wave of disbelief among the pro-rebel Tamil diaspora, which for years funded the LTTE's operations and procurement of an arsenal on par with a national army.

"It's not true, no way," Sri Lankan-born Jey Moorthy, 23, said in London. "It's going to continue, we are not going to leave it like this."


Western powers urged the government to engage the Tamil community for the future, a challenge Rajapaksa said he had already accepted. He urged Tamils to return home.

"This is an opportunity for Sri Lanka to turn the page on its past and build a Sri Lanka rooted in democracy, tolerance and respect for human rights," U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters on Monday.

China, which has backed Sri Lanka against criticism over the war that has grown into U.K, EU and U.N. calls for a probe into potential humanitarian law violations, urged rapid peacebuilding.

"We genuinely hope that Sri Lanka can, through its own efforts, realise ethnic reconciliation at the earliest stage, social stability and economic development," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told reporters.

Sri Lanka is banking on post-war development aid to rebuild the north and spur an economy beset by a host of woes, including declining export revenues from tea and garments, depleted foreign exchange reserves and a depreciating rupee currency.

It is also seeking a $1.9 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan, which the United States tried to use as leverage to slow the final assault. But the IMF's director later said Sri Lanka needed it, and expected to work something out soon.
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But my friends are telling that Prabhakaran was not killed ... :reading:
கந்தல் ஆனாலும் தாய் மடி போல் ஒரு சுகம் வருமா.....வருமா...
சொர்க்கம் சென்றாலும் சொந்த ஊர் போல் சுதந்திரம் வருமா.... வருமா ...
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