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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Two senior leaders of the LTTE killed in battle

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Colombo, 17 May, ( Swarnam and Shashi Master, two senior leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels were killed in the battle with the Sri Lanka Army, defence sources said Saturday evening.

Their deaths were confirmed by Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman.

The two leaders were killed at Kariyalamullavaikkal west in the northeastern Mullaithivu district.

The other rebel leaders who are facing certain defeat are currently trapped in a patch of land of around 2 sq kms.

Army troops are hunting for the senior rebel leaders including its founder, Velupillai Prabakaran and Pottu Amman.

Their whereabouts are not known, although it is widely believed that they are being trapped in their last hold.

Meanwhile more than 25,000 civilians have now crossed over from the LTTE to Government controlled sector within the last three days, an Army source stated.

Army sources said the LTTE's over three-decade-old ethnic conflict has almost come to an end.

More than 70,000 people fell victim to the bloody armed conflict that lasted 30 years.

- Asian Tribune -

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