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LTTE admits Prabha is dead, gives up violence

(May 24, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Tamil Tigers on Sunday officially acknowledged that their leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was killed a week ago by Sri Lankan troops, a statement from the LTTE said.

"We announce today with inexpressible sadness and heavy hearts that our incomparable leader, the supreme commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), attained martyrdom fighting the Sri Lankan government military operation," the LTTE's chief of international relations, Selvarasa Pathmanathan, said.

According to the statement, Prabhakaran had died on May 17 but did not give details of the circumstances.

The statement is the first time the LTTE have admitted the death of Prabhakaran. Pathmanathan said the Tigers would now use "non-violent" methods to fight for the rights of Tamils.

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-Sri Lanka Guardian

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