Velupillai Prabakharan cremated: SL Army chief

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Colombo, May 24: Sarath Fonseka, the Sri Lankan army chief said that LTTE supremo, Velupillai Prabhakaran's body has been cremated by the security forces. His comments came amidst the claims by the Tamil tigers that their chief is alive.

Fonseka said the identification of 54-year-old Prabhakaran's body came on Tuesday, May 19 morning after heavy confrontations in the north-eastern Mullaittivu district the previous day. "We cremated the body in the same area and threw the ashes into the (Indian) ocean," said Fonseka.

"Even before Prabhakaran was killed, I knew we had won the war, but I was overjoyed when I had confirmation of his death," he added. The army chief said that about 170 Tamil Tigers were killed together with Prabhakaran on Monday, May 18. However, the bodies of Tiger intelligence chief Pottu Amman and Prabhakaran's wife, Madhiwadhani, had not been identified, although Prabhakaran's eldest son Charles Anthony's body was found.

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