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Sri Lanka army says Prabhakaran's body found

Sri Lanka's army chief Gen Sarath Fonseka today said his troops had found and identified the body of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran from the scene of the battle between the army and the rebels.
The Sri Lanka Army today said that it had found the body of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran, and put these pictures on its website to substantiate its claim.
The Sri Lanka Army today said that it had found the body of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran, and put these pictures on its website to substantiate its claim.

Gen Fonseka said the body was discovered this morning. Later, Sri Lankan television telecast pictures of what it said was Prabhakaran's body and the army website also carried photographs.

The announcement came after the LTTE had earlier insisted in a statement, carried on a pro-rebel website, that its supremo was still alive.

Earlier, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressed Parliament and said that the island nation had been finally been "liberated" from terrorism after 26 years of civil war.

The army had said yesterday that it had recovered the bodies of Prabhakaran's son Charles Anthony and other LTTE leaders.

Media reports quoted army officials as saying that Prabhakaran's body was found near a lagoon in the No Fire Zone this morning.

They said Prabhakaran was wearing his military uniform at the time of his death and had died of a bullet injury in his head.

"A few hours ago on Tuesday morning (19), our ground troops confirmed that they have recovered the dead body of the world’s most ruthless terrorist leader. I make this disclosure with responsibility and pleasure as millions of Sri Lankans as well as the Army would be the most delighted at this news," General Fonseka was quoted as saying on the army's website.

Prabhakaran founded the LTTE in May 1975 and was believed to be responsible for the assassination of several Sri Lankan leaders, including President Premadasa, and former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

He was reputed to be one of the most feared terrorist leaders in the world and was wanted by the Interpol and the Indian police.

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