Tamil Tiger leader reportedly killed
The leader of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels has reportedly been killed Monday after attempting to flee in an ambulance from the final assault by government troops.
Velupillai Prabhakaran was ambushed and shot dead along with his son and other Tiger commanders, state television reported.
However that account of events was disputed by a military spokesman who said that there had been no identification of Prabhakaran as yet.
The 54-year-old is wanted for terrorism, murder, conspiracy to kill, and war crimes in both Sri Lanka and India, and has been sentenced to death in absentia by a court in Madras.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been fighting for an independent homeland on the ethnic Sinhalese-majority island since the 1970s.