Sri Lanka denies killing militant's son

LONDON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan army dismissed as a lie a documentary that reportedly shows the killing of the 12-year-old son of the leader of the separatist Tamil Tigers.

Civilian Tamils held with rebels

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Civilians ensnared by the Tamil Tigers are among thousands of Tamil prisoners still held by the Sri Lankan government, human rights activists said.

Tamil Tigers say leader was killed

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 24 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebel group has acknowledged that its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead.

Sides duel over whether Tamil leader alive

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 19 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan TV aired photos of what officials identified as the body of Tamil Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, who rebels claimed was still alive.

Sri Lanka sinks rebels boats, killing 25

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 29 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan Navy says it sank six Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam boats, killing 25 rebels aboard, in a pre-dawn Wednesday attack.

Tamil Tiger leader believed in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, March 16 (UPI) -- The head of the rebel Tamil Tigers remains in Sri Lanka and is leading attacks from his hideout, the country's army officials say.

21 civilians dead in Sri Lankan violence

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan police claimed Sunday Tamil Tiger rebels had killed 21 civilians in a village in the country's Eastern province.

Tamil Tigers leader possibly killed

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa suggested an air strike may have wounded or killed Tamil Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Sri Lanka says 16 Tiger rebels killed

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan Defense Ministry on Friday claimed at least 16 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in clashes with government security forces.

Sri Lanka rebels driven from key town

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan troops are reportedly advancing along a strategic coastal road against light resistance from Tamil Tiger rebels.

Suicide bomber strikes Sri Lanka convoy

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A suicide bomber attacked a Sri Lanka convoy carrying the defense secretary and brother of the president, it was reported Friday.

Tamil Tigers threaten to renew hostilities

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's LTTE have threatened to renew hostilities if the government does not make a "reasonable" political deal by the end of the year.

Tsunami stopped Sri Lankan rebel war

NEW DELHI, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The LTTE chief has said that he was prepared to leave cease-fire talks and declare war with Sri Lanka until the Dec. 26 tsunami struck.

Sri Lanka seeks India's help on peace

NEW DELHI, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapkse sought India's help for a fresh effort at peace with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Tamil Tigers leader makes rare appearance

KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers has made a rare public appearance to refute local media reports that he had died in the tsunami.
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Velupillai Prabhakaran (Tamil: வேலுப்பிள்ளை பிரபாகரன்; November 26, 1954 – May 18, 2009) was the founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE or the Tamil Tigers), a militant organization that sought to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka. For over 25 years, the LTTE waged a violent secessionist campaign in Sri Lanka that led to it being designated a terrorist organization by 32 countries. Prabhakaran was wanted by Interpol for terrorism, murder, organized crime and terrorism conspiracy. He also had arrest warrants against him in Sri Lanka and India.

On May 18, 2009, the Sri Lankan Government led by President and Commander in Chief Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that Prabhakaran had been killed while trying to escape advancing Sri Lanka Army troops, but UK-based Tamil Tiger spokesperson Selvarasa Pathmanathan claimed that Prabhakaran was "still alive". On May 19, Sri Lanka's Defence Ministry announced that a body found by the shore of Nandikadal Lagoon had been identified as Prabhakaran's and the body was later shown on Sri Lankan media. A week later Pathmanathan, on behalf of the LTTE, admitted that Prabhakaran had died on May 17. Two weeks later a DNA test confirmed Prabhakaran's and his son Charles Anthony's deaths.

Velupillai Prabhakaran was born in the northern coastal town of Velvettithurai on November 26, 1954, to Thiruvenkadam Velupillai and Vallipuram Parvathy. Angered by what he saw as discrimination against Tamil people by successive Sri Lankan governments, he joined the student group TIP during the standardization debates. In 1972 Prabhakaran founded the Tamil New Tigers (TNT) which was a successor to many earlier organizations that protested against the post-colonial political direction of the country, in which the minority Sri Lankan Tamils were pitted against the majority Sinhalese people.Political situation

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