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Monday, May 18, 2009 - 08.30 GMT
Prabhakaran believed killed in bid to flee troops

Charles Anthony and three top LTTE leaders also down


Defense sources say that the bodies of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and the Intelligence Wing Leader Pottu Amman are among those killed while trying to flee the advancing troops.

Troops of 53 and 58 divisions and Army Commandos carrying out mopping up operations in Karayamullavaikkal area this morning, May 18, foiled an attempt mounted by the LTTE to evacuate the last of its leading cadres left in the area.

Charles Anthony, elder son of LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran was known to be the head of LTTE’s “Air Arm” and Information and Technology Section, who was considered the most probable successor to Prabakaran was among those killed in these operations. He was named after the closest friend of Prabhakaran who led the first suicide attack on Sri Lankan troops in the North in July 1983.

Other key LTTE figures identified as killed are Nadeshan, a former constable of Sri Lanka Police was considered head of the political wing of the terrorist outfit. Pulidevan was known as the head of "LTTE Peace Secretariat", while Ramesh was one of the most senior special military leaders of the LTTE.

Latest battlefield reports said, troops are continuing final mop-up operations in tiny pockets, North of Vellamullivaikkal.





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