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Sri Lanka Says Tamil Tiger Leader Is Dead – SKY NEWS

[MISC, Monday, 18 May 2009 07:39 No Comment]

The leader of the Tamil Tigers has been shot dead while trying to flee government troops, according to a Sri Lankan defence official.

Velupillai Prabhakaran, 54, was trying to escape from the area in an ambulance with two close aides but was ambushed and killed, the official said.

Over the weekend, the Tamil Tigers announced they were laying down their arms after a 26-year fight for an independent homeland.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 Sri Lankans gathered to protest outside the British High Commission in Colombo.

Some threw rocks, breaking windows as others hurled a burning effigy of Britain’s foreign secretary David Miliband over the compound’s wall.

Mr Miliband has been critical of the Sri Lankan government’s prosecution of the war and Britain has backed calls for a war crimes probe.

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