LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran killed – confirmed
Worlds’ deadliest Terrorist Leader Prabhakaran shot dead
Monday 18th May 2009: Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was shot dead by Sri Lankan special forces as he tried to stage a dramatic breakout from the army encirclement, a military spokesman said.
Prabhakaran and his top aides came out of their last hiding place in a small convoy of van and an ambulance and tried to drive out of the war zone, but were gunned down, he said. However, the army is withholding an official announcement till a DNA test of the bodies is conducted. The Tiger chief was killed with two others, who are yet to be identified but believed to be his closest associates LTTE intelligence chief Pottu Amman and Sea Tigers’ chief Soosoi.
According to the military, the Tigers tried to evacuate its leaders early this morning in two vehicles. Army special soldiers of 53 Division have intercepted the vehicles moving north and destroyed the convoy after fierce fighting.
The military said it had found 150 bodies of LTTE cadres so far and they are in the process of identifying them. Among the identified were, Charles Anthony, the eldest son of LTTE chief, B. Nadesan, LTTE’s political head, S. Pulidevan , LTTE’s head of peace secretariat, S. Ramesh, A special military leader, Kapil Amman, LTTE’s deputy intelligence leader, Sudarman , the aide to Prabhakarn’s son, Rathnam Master , a Black Tiger leader and Ilango, another senior LTTE leader.