Senior LTTE leader killed in Sri Lankan military air raid

November 14th, 2007 - 8:18 am ICT by admin  
According to the rebels, Thamilselvan, who was the head of their political wing and held an important position in their hierarchy, died along with five others in an air strike by the Sri Lankan military this morning.

The BBC quoted its correspondents as saying that the death would be a huge blow to the rebels. Fighting between troops and the Tamil Tigers has escalated in recent months.

Thamilselvan was the public face of the rebels, meeting Norwegian peace envoys and giving interviews to the media, BBC’s Roland Buerk said.

Thamilselvan’s death is likely to provoke an escalation in the ongoing civil war, they said, adding that how the rebels choose to retaliate remains to be seen. (ANI)

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