Supreme Commander of Tamil Tigers Prabhakaran ‘shot dead’

May 18, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The leader of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, has been killed along with his son and other Tiger commanders, according to an announcement made on state television.

The head of the Sri Lankan army Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka said the military had defeated the rebels and “liberated the entire country”.

Prabhakaran was ambushed and shot dead while trying to flee government troops in an ambulance along with his two top deputies, as special forces closed in on the last rebel fortifications, it was reported today.

“We have liberated the entire country by completely liberating the north from the terrorists. We have gained full control of LTTE-held areas,” Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said on state television.

“Today we finished the work handed to us by the president to liberate the country from the LTTE,” he said.

The rebels have been fighting since 1983 for a separate state for Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil minority after years of marginalisation at the hands of the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

A formal victory announcement will be made in parliament tomorrow morning, but already flags were flying, and people danced and lit fireworks in celebration.


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9 Responses to “Supreme Commander of Tamil Tigers Prabhakaran ‘shot dead’”

  1. Supreme Commander of Tamil Tigers Prabhakaran ’shot dead’ < It’s all about the trends on May 18th, 2009 8:22 am

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  2. lagirl564 on May 18th, 2009 1:29 pm

    Want to comment on the CNN Asia caption ‘Tamil Leader dead’ which should be corrected as ‘Terrorist Leader Dead’. Prabhakaran is definitely not a Tamil Leader. Some of the true Tamil leaders that Prabhakaran killed during his bloody spree along with his LTTE thugs started with Jaffna mayor Dorayappa, Amirttalingam, Kadiragamar and several others who took the path of diplomacy instead of the gun. This is like calling Bin Laden a ‘Muslim Leader’!

    LTTE terrorism destroyed the dignity of Tamils. He is the last person to be called a Tamil leader. I truly hope he, Pottu Amman, Susai and the rest of the killers felt the same fear the thousands of Sri Lankan civilians felt when they were taking innocent lives including masses of children with suicide killings, mass bombing, slaying and shooting. These worms are too good for hell!

    Until the Western Media, so called Humanitarian Organizations and Governments cannot or do not want to differentiate a ‘terrorist’ from a ‘rebel’ and refuse to believe the word of a legitimate Government, terrorism will continue to ruin the world. These groups should be sued for interrupting SL Government’s heroic efforts to rescue civilians that the LTTE was using as human shields. The Western world has become prisoners of their own fake beliefs of freedom and humanity and will not realize how brutal terrorism is until another 911 hit each of them in the face! If they have an ounce of courage and no ulterior motives for short-term gains, they should employ the SL army chiefs to wipe out terrorism from their own countries!

  3. sam on May 18th, 2009 3:39 pm

    The LTTE terrorist got exactly what they desreved..
    This is just a few of the political Tamil Leaders Murdered by the LTTE, Just like the Nazis to wipe out opposition
    Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves
    Joseph Pararajasingham
    Lakshman Kadirgamar
    Cheliyan Perimpanayakam
    Marias Anton Aka David
    Atputharajah Nadarajah, Alias Ramesh
    Nagalingam Manikkadasan
    Neelan Thiruchelvam
    Muthulingam Ganesh Kumar a.k.a Razeek
    Ponnuyhurai Sivapalan
    S. Shanmuganadan
    Ms. Sarojini Yogeswaran
    Arunachalam Thangathurai
    Thomas Anton
    Alfred Duraiyapah

  4. sam on May 18th, 2009 3:45 pm

    Let me put to you this way. A ruthless terrorist Organization in its dying days how can it boost its international support.. Well simple drag and hold civilian hostages in order to feed it International Propaganda . I mean this is the Terrorist group that brain washes Pregnant women , children to act as suicide bombers, so what is a few civilian lives to them to feed their International Propaganda machine. Asymmetrical warfare. Just ask any British and American military experts who fear this type of warfare used against them

  5. sam on May 18th, 2009 3:53 pm

    The LTTE Terrorist Denied the freedom and murdered Thousand of Civilians including women and children, Journalist, religious leaders , democratically leaders both in India and Sri-lanka.
    Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves

    Finally a victory for modern civilization , democracy and peace and the defeat of one terrorist group is also a defeat of another terrorist group somewhere in the world

    YES WE CAN

  6. Sura on May 18th, 2009 4:33 pm

    He is not dead yet. 😀 Really guys an ambulance? Btw its confirmed that he is NOT dead. He is the Tamil leader and fights for the rights of people. If the 150 000 SLA couldnt kill him for 26 years..then what now? What a sad governnment.

    And you keep saying that the 250 rebels prevented 250 000 people from leaving? I am sure they did. Look at the numbers, it is impossible. If i was a tamil stuck im sure common sense should tell you that I would stay with the rebels instead of being in a camp with SL soliders. SL government is going to be prosecuted for war crimes. They tortured tamils since the 1950s because they are power hungry and want a SINHALA ONLY STATE. Greed will not succeed. Buddhists of all people should know this.

    And now the international world will see this. Funny how when Hilary Clinton and Miliband asked for peace the SL government placed posters of them being terrorists and wanted. People here, in the western worlds were laughing because SL just proved how low they are.

    Truth will prevail.

  7. Chinthika on May 19th, 2009 12:44 am

    In the past 30 years many innocent civillians were murdered by the terrorists. small children, women were slaughtered. Tamil children were abducted and trained for teh war. The LTTE terrorists destroyed so many innocent lives of people, killed political leaders of all ethnic groups in sri lanka and overseas. It is a relief to know that at last the terrorist who called himself a leader of tamil liberation is no more. Liberating the tamils from his hypocritical rule. Now there is a dawn of hope for the suffering civillians in the north. We want to live as Sri Lankans. The international community should do their best to help the government to blow a new life, give fresh hope to the displaced tamil victims of LTTEs war. Its the time to lend a hand. To the Tamil diaspora who spent so many hours out on streets protesting against the government of Sri Lanka, damaging property attacking embassies…. Please turn your energy to help the internally displaced tamil community in the north and east. Its not the time to divide into ethnic groups, its the time to be human. To help our own people in need. I am a sinhalese and I am doing my part to help the civillian casualties of war, if you do care about your own tamil people please spend your energy addressing their immediate needs. They have suffered enough from this unwanted war. No more war. No more war. Enough is enough. Lets help to ease the pain of the suffering and look towards a future with hope and peace.

  8. John Chow on May 24th, 2009 2:09 am

    Lagirl564 on May 18th, 2009 1:29 pm wrote:

    “Want to comment on the CNN Asia caption ‘Tamil Leader dead’ which should be corrected as ‘Terrorist Leader Dead’. Prabhakaran is definitely not a Tamil Leader. Some of the true Tamil leaders that Prabhakaran killed during his bloody spree along with his LTTE thugs started with Jaffna mayor Dorayappa, Amirttalingam, Kadiragamar and several others who took the path of diplomacy instead of the gun. This is like calling Bin Laden a ‘Muslim Leader’!”

    There are people LTTE shouldn’t have killed. Although Alfred Thuraiappa was an SLFP, he brought new development to Jaffna at his time. C.E. Anandarajan of St. john’s is the finest principal you will ever meet. However, Tamils do NOT have sympathy for the TULF MP’s, who incited youths mind with Tamil Ealam slogan to get them elected. They were well off people, who behind the back rec’d so many benefit from SL govt. (do you remember their new Jeep/car by the govt?) on the back of Tamils. These TULF’s done nothing, but looked after their own interest.

    Lagirl564 on May 18th, 2009 1:29 pm wrote:
    “LTTE terrorism destroyed the dignity of Tamils. He is the last person to be called a Tamil leader. I truly hope he, Pottu Amman, Susai and the rest of the killers felt the same fear the thousands of Sri Lankan civilians felt when they were taking innocent lives including masses of children with suicide killings, mass bombing, slaying and shooting. These worms are too good for hell!”

    Sure. In some aspect they should. Conscription is for one. Child Soldier is another. However, they kept the SL govt in place for some time. Too much greed with the insistance of Tamil Ealam(should have settle with Provincial autonomy long time ago.

    Lagirl564 on May 18th, 2009 1:29 pm wrote:

    “Until the Western Media, so called Humanitarian Organizations and Governments cannot or do not want to differentiate a ‘terrorist’ from a ‘rebel’ and refuse to believe the word of a legitimate Government, terrorism will continue to ruin the world.”

    Lagirl564 on May 18th, 2009 1:29 pm wrote:
    They were for Tamils. Regadless of their attocities, they are Freedom fighters for the Tamils. SL govt sat down with them as equal & signed accords. Polical Front has MP’s with the blessing of Premadasa.

    These groups should be sued for interrupting SL Government’s heroic efforts to rescue civilians that the LTTE was using as human shields.

    Oh..well…If Tamils start suing the SL govt for its ill-treatment of Tamils since 1948, .Failing to protect lives and properties of Tamils is 1956, 1979, 1981, 1983……riots………you will have nothing left. However,

    Lagirl564 on May 18th, 2009 1:29 pm wrote:
    “The Western world has become prisoners of their own fake beliefs of freedom and humanity and will not realize how brutal terrorism is until another 911 hit each of them in the face! If they have an ounce of courage and no ulterior motives for short-term gains, they should employ the SL army chiefs to wipe out terrorism from their own countries!”

    Lets wait. how they areyet to answer International Human Courts. Any member can bring charges against them for crime against humanity. Doesn’t need UN resolution. Once convicted, they can be picked up at too many transit places around the world.

    Further, law suits to follow once SL Army Chief, & President are convicted.

    Wait & see how SL treats its citizens, the minority citizens..That itself reflects on how it acted in the past., which in turn lead to the creation of LTTE.

  9. John Chow on May 24th, 2009 2:25 am

    Chinthika on May 19th, 2009 12:44 am
    ” In the past 30 years many innocent civillians were murdered by the terrorists. small children, women were slaughtered. Tamil children were abducted and trained for teh war. The LTTE terrorists destroyed so many innocent lives of people, killed political leaders of all ethnic groups in sri lanka and overseas.”

    `Oh… You feel bad for Tamils suffering!!! That’s quite funny…Tamils suffered since independence at the hands of SL govt. Started with 1956 Singhalese Act. Non-violent protest did Not work at all. Ask yourself on what lead to the creation of LTTE? Are you being mentally blind, ignorant, or callas? Tamils did not like the extend LTTE took their arm struggle. They have killed innocent people. However, most mass killing were for tit-for-tat with SL Army. LTTE’s grave mistakes were Child soldiers, and conscription. If they had avoided just the above two mistakes, their fortunes (Tamils as a whole) would be a lot better.

    Most politicians killed were useless ones for Tamils cause. TULF people only looked after their belly.

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