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Rebel chief still in Sri Lanka: report

[AFP, Sunday, 15 February 2009 12:12 No Comment]

Prabakaranv.img_assist_custom Sri Lanka’s elusive rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is still on the island and has been preparing his Tamil Tiger fighters to launch last-ditch counter attacks, a news report said Sunday.


Prabhakaran, 54, and his eldest son Charles Anthony have blended in with about 100,000 civilians trapped in the conflict zone, the state-run Sunday Observer said.


The report said two guerrillas arrested last month disclosed that their leader had not fled despite widespread speculation he had escaped by sea.


"The Tiger leader and his son are still living among the civilians in Puthukkudiriruppu and are engaged in making more and more terror plans to reverse the military victories," the Observer quoted the two rebels as saying.


Last month, Sri Lankan military commanders said Prabhakaran may have left the island as his retreating forces were driven back into a small area of jungle.

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