18 May 2009, 1907 hrs IST, AGENCIES
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s war against Tamil Tiger rebels has “ended successfully,” the island’s defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, told the
Prabhakaran with family
File photo of Prabhakaran and his kids at an undisclosed location. (AFP Photo)
island’s president on Monday in a nationally televised ceremony.
“We have successfully ended the war,” he told President Mahinda Rajapakse, who is his brother and commander-in-chief of the Sri Lankan armed forces.
Sri Lankan military commanders also lined up and shook hands with him before starting closed-door talks.
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The meeting came as state television and defence officials announced that Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and the entire rebel leadership had been killed on Monday by government troops.
Sri Lanka’s state television station announced on Monday that Tamil Tiger rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has been killed, and the army commander said the last pockets of rebel resistance have been cleared from the north. (Watch )
Prabhakaran’s death would spell the end of a more than three-decade quest by the rebel leader for a separate state for minority Tamils across northern and eastern Sri Lanka.
Rupavahini television, the state broadcaster, broke into its regular programming Monday afternoon to announce Prabakharan’s death. They gave no details of how he was killed.