LTTE chief Prabhakaran is dead (Lead)

May 18th, 2009 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, May 18 (IANS) Velupillai Prabhakaran, the elusive leader of Sri Lanka’s feared Tamil Tigers, was killed Monday while trying to escape the war zone in the island’s north, military sources said.
Prabhakaran, 54, was in a convoy of a van and an ambulance with some of his trusted aides when the military opened fire in an isolated strip of Mullaitivu district, a military official said.

There were unconfirmed reports that Pottu Amman, head of the LTTE’s intelligence wing, had also been killed.

Prabhakaran’s death comes shortly after soldiers stumbled upon the bodies of several key LTTE leaders, including his son Charles Anthony, who headed the group’s IT wing and was being groomed to take over his father’s mantle.

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