"I started the movement with the firm resolve that I will never be caught alive by the enemy. That has spread down the ranks."
May 19, 2009 4:56 PM Subscribe
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, the elusive and ruthless
, short bio
) of the violent separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE
) has been reportedly killed
in battle by the Sri Lankan Army
So far, most news organizations are reporting this as fact (guardian obituary
) and calling a definite end to the war, but the LTTE are denying all claims
as to the death of their leader and state that this is simply government propaganda to dissuade their movement. Sri Lanka has been subject to a heavy media blockade
since hostilities resumed in December 2005 in the ongoing conflict.
Whether or not the claims are true, the army has completely surrounded and routed the Tigers from their strongholds in Northern Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister has declared victory
. It is unclear what will happen from now as many in the Tamil minority are wary of the government
. However, one thing is clear: This is a definite turning point in the history
of this young, post-colonial nation torn apart by civil war and internal strife for decades.