- Title: SRI LANKA/ FILE: Tiger leader Prabhakaran killed-Sri Lanka army sources say
- Date: 19th May 2009
- Summary: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (FILE - APRIL 10, 2002) (REUTERS) PEOPLE IN COLOMBO WATCHING TAMIL REBEL LEADER VELUPILLAI PRABHAKARAN'S NEWS CONFERENCE ON TELEVISION
- Embargoed: 3rd June 2009 13:00
- Topics: Domestic Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA96NM2629NZJCZ01FO9E79HFRH
- Story Text: Tamil Tiger leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran's body has been found in an ambulance which came under government attack as it left the Sri Lankan war zone, Sri Lanka army sources say.
Tamil Tiger leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran's body has been recovered from an ambulance troops destroyed as it sped out of the war zone early on Monday (May 18), military sources said.
It was confirmed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Prabhakaran was killed when trying to flee in an ambulance before dawn, a military source said on condition of anonymity. Four others sources confirmed the account.
There was no immediate official comment from the military.
State TV also broadcast images of the corpse of Prabhakaran's son and heir apparent, Charles Anthony, for the first time.
Sri Lanka's army commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said on state television on Monday that troops had completely wiped out the Tamil Tiger rebels and reunited a nation split by a 25-year separatist war.
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