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Velupillai Prabhakaran dead?
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COLOMBO: Prabhakaran, the founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) might be dead, according to a CNN-IBN report. The news channel quoted sources as saying that the reclusive rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his top deputies may have died in an attack early this morning or committed mass suicide.

The body of rebel leader is taken to Sri Lankan army base in Panagoda for confirmation, as per the news channel’s claim.

Earlier, Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa had declared victory in his nation's quarter-century civil war with the Tamil Tigers rebels.

His troops had killed at least 70 rebels trying to escape the shrinking northern war zone on Sunday.

A triumph on the battlefield appeared inevitable after government forces captured the last bit of coastline under rebel control on Saturday, surrounding the remaining fighters in a 1.2-square mile (3.1-square kilometer) patch of land.

"My government, with the total commitment of our armed forces, has in an unprecedented humanitarian operation finally defeated the LTTE militarily," President Mahinda Rajapaksa said referring to the rebels by their formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

"I will be going back to a country that has been totally freed from the barbaric acts of the LTTE," he said in a speech in Jordan that was distributed to the media in Sri Lanka.

The rebels, who once controlled a de facto state across much of the north, have been fighting since 1983 for a separate state for minority Tamils after decades of marginalization by the Sinhalese majority. Responsible for hundreds of suicide attacks — including the 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi — the Tamil Tigers have been branded terrorists by the U.S., E.U. and India and shunned internationally.

The rebels also controlled a conventional army, with artillery units, a significant navy and even a tiny air force.

After repeated stalemates on the battlefield, the military broke through the rebel lines last year and forced the insurgents into a broad retreat, capturing their administrative capital at Kilinochchi in January and vowing to retake control over the rest of the country.

The rebels have insisted that if they are defeated in conventional battle, they will return to their guerrilla roots.

On Saturday morning, government troops sweeping in from the north and south seized control of the island's entire coastline for the first time in decades, sealing the rebels in a tiny pocket of territory and cutting off the possibility of a sea escape by the rebels' top leaders, the military said.

Even as Rajapaksa declared victory, the military reported that fighting continued to rage in the northeast war zone. Huge explosions could be heard across the battlefield as rebels detonated their ammunition stocks and artillery dumps, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

Early Sunday, the insurgents tried to escape from the surrounding troops in six boats across a lagoon. But army troops thwarted the rebel attempt, killing a large number of rebels, said the military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

So far, 70 bodies of rebel fighters have been recovered, he said.

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here is the news from ANI

LTTE chief Prabhakaran dead, claims Lankan army:bad ear:
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New Delhi, May 17 : Sources in the Sri Lankan army have claimed that Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief V Prabhakaran has been killed.

According to a news channel report, Prabhakaran body has been recovered and is being taken to an army camp in Colombo.

Sources also added that army has recovered over 150 bodies of LTTE cadres.

According to reports all civilians held hostage by the LTTE have now been freed from the battle zone.

The report comes as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced his military''s victory over the LTTE.

"I am proud to announce... that my government with the total commitment of our armed forces, has in an unprecedented humanitarian operation, finally defeated the LTTE militarily," he said.

Moreover, 70 rebels were killed in a confrontation with troops early Sunday morning.

Troops confronted the LTTE fighters, who tried to escape from the Nandikadal lagoon in the north east part of the country, killing 70 Tiger rebels.

Six LTTE boats were also destroyed in the operation and the bodies of those killed were subsequently found.

As many as 24,988 Tamil civilians have crossed over from the LTTE areas to the governments controlled ones since May 14 and are camping in welfare camps, the Army said. (ANI)
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No.....i think he is not dead....There are many doubts of him being dead due to some reasons

please friends do read today's Dinamalar & Dinathandhi
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this is fake i think!
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My friends also told he is still alive
கந்தல் ஆனாலும் தாய் மடி போல் ஒரு சுகம் வருமா.....வருமா...
சொர்க்கம் சென்றாலும் சொந்த ஊர் போல் சுதந்திரம் வருமா.... வருமா ...
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