Sri Lanka: The Army Claims "Final Victory" Against The Tigers

The Sri Lankan Army has proclaimed the final victory in the bloody war against the Tamil Tigers, after announcing the death of the LTTE leader.

A military source has informed the Reuters news agency that the leader of the Liberation Front Earth Tamil (LTTE), Vellupillai Prabahakaran, has died in the combat zone while trying to flee the military offensive.

"It is confirmed that Prabahakaran was killed while trying to escape in an ambulance before dawn. We are waiting for the official announcement by the president," said a military spokesman who wished to remain anonymous.

The same military sources have reported that hundreds of Tigers have been killed in the fighting. Along with the Tamil leader, Portu Rabbah, number two of the separatist group, and Charles Anthony, son of Prabahakaran are also reported dead.

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Sri Lanka: UN Condemns The Bloodbath

The UN reports that the attack by Sri Lanka Army against the Tamil guerrillas over the weekend has caused a "bloodbath."

The troops have heavily bombed the tiny strip of land (about 2.5 square kilometers), in which the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Earth (LTTE), alongside some 150,000 civilians, are surrounded.

According to the UN spokeman, Gordon Weiss, "the mass murder of civilians, including more than 100 children this weekend, seems to confirm that the long feared bloodshed has become a reality".

The Tamil rebels are blaming the Government for the deaths, while the Ministry of Defense accuses the LTTE of attacking civilians in the area under their control to force an international intervention.

"They are bombing their own civilians with heavy weapons to put the blame on the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. In their calculation, they believe that this will lead other countries to launch a rescue operation" said the Sri Lankan Defense Minister.

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Sri Lanka: Army lay siege to the Tamils after the exodus of civilians

The Sri Lanka Army has accelerated their offensive against Tamil Tigers guerrillas, entrenched in about 17 square kilometers in the northeast of the country.

The country's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, gave a 24 hours ultimatum, now expired, to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to lay down their arms. According to sources from the Ministry of Defense, 49,000 civilians have fled yesterday from the conflict area dominated by Tamils. A record number if confirmed, reached after the downing of a defensive sand wall built by the LTTE and opened a corridor to allow the departure of the civilians.

Tamils accuse the army of massacres.

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