Monday, May 18, 2009

Is LTTE Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran Killed?

BBC Reports a Sri Lankan State TV broadcast quoted military officials as saying Prabhakaran was killed along with two of his deputies.

It said Prabhakaran, his intelligence chief Pottu Amman and Soosai, the head of the rebels' naval wing, were shot dead in an ambush in the Mullivaikal district while trying to escape the war zone in an ambulance.

Earlier, at least three senior rebel leaders were killed, including Prabhakaran's eldest son, Charles Anthony, the military said.

However, an Elam spokesperson on a Tamil website claimed `their beloved' leader was well and alive and would continue to work for the Tamil cause.

But if what the Sri Lankan government says is true it would mean an end to a 26 year old conflict but at what cost.

A huge humanitarian effort is needed to help the displaced Tamils get back home. 80,000 people are said to have been killed in the conflict.

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