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Tamil Tigers leaders killed in final attack against LTTE.

The body of the leader of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is to undergo DNA and forensic tests along with the corpses of other top rebels, officials said today.

Prabhakaran was killed this morning along with two of his deputies after a two-hour firefight when they tried to break to freedom through advancing government troops, defence officials said. His body was badly burnt when his armour-plated van was hit by a rocket and burst into flames.

State television broke into its regular programming to announce Prabhakaran’s death, and the government information department sent a text message to cell phones across the country confirming that he was dead.

The announcement prompted mass celebrations around the country, and people poured into the streets of Colombo dancing and singing.

“We have successfully ended the war,” Gotabhaya Rajapakse, Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, formally told President Mahinda Rajapakse, in a nationally televised ceremony. President Rajapakse is his brother and commander-in-chief of the Sri Lankan armed forces.

Officials said that 40 of the 300 dead bodies found at the scene of the rebels’ last stand have been shifted to a government hospital, with the army taking special charge of Prabhakaran’s corpse.

Magistrate Chamari Danansuriya asked police to arrange DNA and other forensic tests on the corpses. Autopsies will be carried out at Anuradhapura hospital in the north of the island, a court official said.

As the clean-up operation began, it emerged that three Sri Lankan doctors who treated hundreds of badly wounded civilians in understaffed, makeshift hospitals in the war zone have been arrested on charges of giving false information about the casualties to the media.

Troops closed in on Prabhakaran and his last remaining loyalists early this morning, according to the army. The Sri Lankan military's version of events cannot be independently verified as journalists were barred from the war zone.

He and his top deputies reportedly tried to escape by driving their an armour-plated van, accompanied by a bus filled with rebel fighters, straight at approaching Sri Lankan forces, sparking a two-hour firefight.

The battle only ended when troops fired a rocket at the van. Troops pulled Prabhakaran’s body out and identified it. The attack also killed Soosai, the head of the rebels’ naval wing, and Pottu Amman, the group’s feared intelligence commander, the officials said.

Earlier, the military announced that it had killed Prabhakaran’s son Charles Anthony, also a rebel leader. Special forces also found the bodies of Balasingham Nadesan, leader of the rebels’ political wing, Seevaratnam Puleedevan, the head of the rebels’ peace secretariat, and one of the top military leaders, known as Ramesh.
The chubby, mustachioed Prabhakaran turned what was little more than a street gang in the late 1970s into one of the world’s most feared insurgencies. He demanded unwavering loyalty and gave his followers vials of cyanide to wear around their necks and bite into in case of capture.

Since civil war broke out in 1983 the rebels have been fighting ruthlessly for a separate state for Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil minority, after years of discrimination at the hands of the Sinhalese majority.

At the height of his power, Prabhakaran controlled one third of Sri Lanka and commanded a force that including an infantry, backed by artillery, a significant naval wing and a nascent air force. He also controlled a suicide squad known as the Black Tigers that was blamed for scores of deadly attacks.

He and Pottu Amman are still wanted for arranging the murder of Rajiv Gandhi, the Indian Prime Minister, and the Indian Government today asked the Sri Lankan authorities for urgent confirmation of their deaths.

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  • Strange only last night i read a article on here that because they was held up n surounded they tried calling a seize fire which resulted in sri lanka declaring a victory..

    Then he orders his rag tag crew to smash a bus & his van through there defences? Stupid idiot.

    A victory for sri lanka indeed but non-the-less im sure it will only be a matter of time before someone gets the bottle to try take Prabhakaran's place.

    It will be intresting to see what develops from this...

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  • That's V Prabhakaran son Charles Anthony in the vid.

    Sri Lankan special forces found him this morning.

    Apparently his father made a special position for him in a non-fighting unit after coming under criticism over his hypocrisy for sending child soldiers into battle while his own children lived a life of luxury.

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  • The terrorists have been annihilated together with their terrorist republic. This should be encouraging to those who seek an annihilation of Islamist groups and their pedophile-terrorist "states".

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  • May all the worlds goat humpers, wife beaters, mercy killers, acid throwers, teenage marriers, boy diddlers, cave dwellers, savages, beasts, monkeys, apes and islamic terrorists take heed. The world seems to have learned from bill clintons mistake. No longer do you see the cut and run. Civilized countries have realized they are in these monkey battles for the long haul.

    to those that say they spawn faster than we can kill them, bring it on. the planet of the apes was a hollywood movie, not r More..

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  • A bunch of dead nobody's.

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  • he's a 1 eye pirate now (a dead 1)

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  • do i care? lol

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  • When one terrorist is killed it seems like another is created. I wish we could kill them all, but it is just not possible. I guess the best we can hope for is to keep taking out their leaders so they can't organize.

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  • Check out the guy at 00:19 talking to the gun on his phone!

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  • This is a great victory for the civilized world. The LTTE was a death and murder cult in the truest sense of the word. They combined the thrill killing mentality of Leopold and Loeb with the suicidal tactics reminscent of the Japanese in WW2. Truly a force of evil, with much in common with militant Islam.

    Let's hope the same fate awaits Al-Qaeda and its lovers.

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  • A nationally pub'd US mag from 1986 i dug up, featured two of the tamil tigers, a man and woman, who committed suicide than be captured: he plugged her in the head, then he swallowed cyanide and did himself w/ the 9mm..they were some crazy mofo's, not unlike the islamists.

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  • Good riddance.

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  • nice moustache

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  • Hmmm. That mustache is definitely fake!


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  • I thought the Tamil Tigers have nine lives. No?


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  • No concept of true Guerilla Warfare, even the Gods grew tired of him hahahahahha.... good riddance.

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  • Sic semper tyrannus!!!!!!

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  • Lets see you are a country that had tanks, choppers and more man power , remind me why this took 30 yrs to clean up.

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  • this isnt even the guy velupillai prabhakaran, this is his son and his name is charles anthony.

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  • THIS COWARD FUCK TERRORIST SAID THAT HE WANTED TO STOP THE KILLING OF CIVILIANS BY GOVERNMENT TROOPS AS AN "EXCUSE" TO KILL CIVILIAN HE CLAIMS TO END THE WAR. YET HE SAID ALSO IN THE THE SAME BREATH THAT HE WILL CONTINUE HIS GORILLA WARFARE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.

    WHAT A LYING DEAD PIECE OF SHIT TERRORIST...GO TO HELL TERRORIST AND YOUR MIND-NUMB ROBOT FOLLOWERS!

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  • ...In order to "justify" killing the head of an group....we must apply the "rules of justice".......equally......


    Saddam killed how many people????......I'm not sure........but I am sure that he didn't kill A MILLION people in Iraq......that was the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.........why was Bush not put to death????

    ....before using the word "terrorist"......please do your homework and learn a bit about the situation......The LTTE were essentially the governing bo More..

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  • You do not understand how much relief this is for me and every other Torontonian here.

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  • One word.... Owned!

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  • Game over.... you have no frags left!

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  • good thing, die LTTE die

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