B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: A report posted on the site of Al Jazeera television channel quoted an LTTE statement on Sunday confirming the death of its leader, Velupillai Prabakaran. It said he died on May 19 in the last phase of Eelam IV war.

“His final request was for the struggle to continue until we achieved the freedom for his people,” according to Selvarasa Pathmanathan, the LTTE’s head of International Relations. The statement said the LTTE would observe a week of mourning to mark Prabakaran’s death.

Last Tuesday, hours before the Sri Lanka military confirmed the death of the LTTE chief, Mr. Pathmanathan had said the LTTE leader was still alive.

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