Colombo, May 25: At last the Tamil Tigers admitted on Sunday, May 24 'With heavy hearts' the death of their supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran. "We announce today, with inexpressible sadness and heavy hearts, that our incomparable leader and supreme commander ... attained martyrdom fighting the military oppression," the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said.
The LTTE's head of international relations S Pathmanathan, said, Prabhakaran was the heart and soul and the symbol of hope, pride and determination for the whole nation of people of Tamil Eelam."
"His final request was for the struggle to continue until we achieve the freedom for his people. His legend and the historical status as the Greatest Tamil Leader ever are indestructible," Pathmanathan said.
However, another powerful group within the LTTE contradicted the claim. It said to the pro-rebel TamilNet website that the LTTE leadership was safe and would re-emerge when the right time comes.