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Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

The bodies of Sivarasan and Subha, August 20, 1991

The elusive Kumaran Pathmanathan, alias KP, a key LTTE leader wanted by India

Photograph by The Hindu

Murugan

LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran was killed on May 19, 2009

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Nalini

On May 21, 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was ­assassinated by an ­LTTE suicide bomber at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, right, holds the hands of a former Tamil Tiger insurgent Sivaraja Jenivan after setting him free during a function to mark the first anniversary of his election to the prime minister's office in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil political activists offer flowers at a makeshift monument, where thousands of people were killed in fierce fighting between the army and Tamil Tiger rebels, in Mullivaikkal, northeast of Sri Lanka,

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Members of Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam cutting a cake to celebrate the 59th birth anniversary of Prabhakaran in Coimbatore.

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Hearts hurt A protest in Chennai against Sri Lankan atrocities

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Children holding pictures of Balachandran, son of Prabhakaran, during a rally in support of Tamil Eelam at Idinthakarai in Kudankulam.

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Union Ministers P Chidambaram, Kamal Nath and Manish Tewari addressing a press conference on withdrawal of support by DMK from UPA government, in New Delhi.

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File: Union Ministers AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad and P Chidambaram meet DMK chief M Karunanidhi at his residance in Chennai on Monday. DMK withdrew its support to the UPA and pulled out its five central ministers over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Tamils in Sri Lanka but the Congress-led government said there was no threat to its stability.

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Channel 4 has come out with a documentary featuring the pictures of the alleged cold-blooded killing of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son. The series of photos obtained by the channel have once again raised questions over the conduct of Sri Lankan armed forces during the final stages of the operation against Tamil Tiger rebels.

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Channel 4 has come out with a documentary featuring the pictures of the alleged cold-blooded killing of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son. The series of photos obtained by the channel have once again raised questions over the conduct of Sri Lankan armed forces during the final stages of the operation against Tamil Tiger rebels.

Photos: Channel 4

Channel 4 has come out with a documentary featuring the pictures of the alleged cold-blooded killing of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son. The series of photos obtained by the channel have once again raised questions over the conduct of Sri Lankan armed forces during the final stages of the operation against Tamil Tiger rebels.

Photos: Channel 4

Channel 4 has come out with a documentary featuring the pictures of the alleged cold-blooded killing of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son. The series of photos obtained by the channel have once again raised questions over the conduct of Sri Lankan armed forces during the final stages of the operation against Tamil Tiger rebels.

Photos: Channel 4

MDMK leader Vaiko and his party workers stage a protest at Badhchicholi village in Madhya Pradesh near the Maharashtra border after they were stopped from proceeding to Sanchi to protest the scheduled visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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A family member of a Sri Lankan security forces soldier holds a national flag and cries during a gathering to invoke blessings against the UN resolution against war crimes and human rights abuses during Sri Lanka's civil war, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The U.N.'s top human rights body urged Sri Lanka to properly investigate alleged war crimes committed by both sides during the country's 26-year conflict with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

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Former Sri Lankan soldier amputees participate in a parade to invoke blessings against the UN resolution against war crimes and human rights abuses during Sri Lanka's civil war, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The U.N.'s top human rights body urged Sri Lanka to properly investigate alleged war crimes committed by both sides during the country's 26-year conflict with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

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Kanimozhi in a DMK protest

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Channel 4 grab showing bullet marks on the body of Prabhakaran’s son

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, speaks with the members of a Sri Lankan commission that investigated alleged abuses during the country's civil war after receiving their final report, copies seen in foreground, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The report by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission was not immediately released to the public. However, the president has said he will present it to Parliament, which will make it a public document. The government appointed the commission last year under intense international pressure to probe possible war crimes in the final stages of the war.

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Tamil parents and relatives of former Tamil Tiger combatants wait to enter a function hall to receive their children in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has released about 1,800 former Tamil Tiger rebels who had been held since the island nation's civil war ended more than two years ago.

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa gestures as ethnic Tamil relatives of former Tamil Tiger combatants look on during a function in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has released about 1,800 former Tamil Tiger rebels who had been held since the island nation's civil war ended more than two years ago.

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Advocates stage a protest demanding clemency for Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan, the three convicts on death row in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, in Madurai.

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Members of various parties protest against rejection of the clemency petition filed by Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan, linked to the LTTE.", in Coimbatore.

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Video grabs from Channel 4’s documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’. Shown here are images of blindfolded LTTE men being shot dead in cold blood by, presumably, Lankan soldiers.

Video grabs from Channel 4’s documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’. Shown here are images of blindfolded LTTE men being shot dead in cold blood by, presumably, Lankan soldiers.

Video grabs from Channel 4’s documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’. Shown here are images of blindfolded LTTE men being shot dead in cold blood by, presumably, Lankan soldiers.

Video grabs from Channel 4’s documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’. Shown here are images of blindfolded LTTE men being shot dead in cold blood by, presumably, Lankan soldiers.

Fearful Cemetery
Prabhakaran, worshipped and despised to an equal extent, finally blinked.

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Sri Lankan soldiers and the public gather to pray in memory of fallen soldiers during a celebration of the military victory against Tamil Tiger rebels in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Aid groups and the U.N. appealed to be allowed to survey the aftermath of the final battle of Sri Lanka's civil war and pushed for unfettered access to some 280,000 Tamils displaced from the former combat zone.

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In this handout photo released by the Sri Lankan Army, the army claims to show the body of Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in Mullaittivu, Sri Lanka.

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Body of Prabhakaran in Mullaittivu

Slain Tiger?
The Sri Lankan army claims to show the dead body of Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in Mullaittivu, Sri Lanka.

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An identity card allegedly belonging to the slain rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is displayed for the camera.

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The body of Charles Anthony, son of Tamil Tiger leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran is seen in Mullivaikkal, Sri Lanka. The Army announced it killed several top rebel leaders, including Anthony, and declared that it had crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels, killing their chief Prabhakaran, and ending his three-decade quest for an independent homeland for minority Tamils.

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A day after the Sri Lankan army announced that it has killed the Tamil Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, a pro-LTTE website, Tamilnet.com, has claimed that the top rebel leader is still 'alive and safe'.

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A woman holds the Sri Lankan flag as she celebrates the victory of military over Tamil Tiger rebels, in Colombo. The Sri Lankan Army declared that it had crushed the final resistance of the Tamil Tigers, killing rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and ending his three-decade quest for an independent homeland for minority Tamils.

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Sri Lankan protesters throw a burning effigy of British Foreign Secretary David Miliband over the gate of the British Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The protesters accused the British government of supporting the Tamil Tiger rebel group. The protest erupted hours after the rebels conceded defeat in their quarter century separatist war with the government.

AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa worships the motherland as he arrives from Jordan at the Katunayake international air port in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Thousands of Sri Lankans poured into the streets, dancing and setting off celebratory fireworks, after Rajapaksa declared victory in the country's quarter-century civil war with the LTTE.

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Sri Lankans display the national flags and set off celebratory fireworks in Colombo after President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared victory in the country's quarter-century civil war with the LTTE. The last remaining civilians trapped by the fighting in northern Sri Lanka poured out of the war zone, clearing the way for government forces to wipe out the remaining pockets of rebel resistance.

AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena

Malaysian Indian protesters of Tamil ethnicity shout slogans against Sri Lankan government during a protest outside the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The U.N. says 7,000 civilians were killed and 16,700 wounded in the fighting from Jan. 20 until May 7. Since then, doctors in the war zone say more than 1,000 civilians were killed in a week of heavy shelling that rights groups and foreign governments have blamed on Sri Lankan forces. Sri Lanka denies firing heavy weapons into the war zone.

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An internally displaced Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil civilian waits in a temporary ward, as three bodies are seen kept on the ground, at a makeshift hospital in Mullivaaykaal, Sri Lanka. Warning that the humanitarian crisis in Lanka could turn into a 'catastrophe', US President Barack Obama has asked Colombo to put an end to 'indiscriminate' shelling in the northern war zone.

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"The Government of Sri Lanka has decided that combat operations have reached their conclusion. Our security forces have been instructed to end the use of heavy calibre guns, combat aircraft and aerial fire which could cause civilian casualties," declared the Lankan government in a statement from the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Office.

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Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse inspects the military hardware used by the Tamil Tigers during a visit to newly liberated areas from Tamil Tiger rebels in Killinochchi, Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa visited the rebels' former administrative capital for the first time since the government captured Kilinochchi on Jan. 2, 2009.

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The suicide attack caught in another frame.

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The Tamil Tigers have targeted senior government ministers and officials for assassinations and have been blamed for more than 100 suicide attacks.

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At least 14 people were killed as the suicide bomber struck the celebrations outside the mosque at Matara. A lot of people were blown to pieces making the death count difficult.

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The attack came at a time when the Sri Lankan forces are on the verge of rooting out the LTTE from their last territory in Wanni region after 25 years of ethnic conflict.

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The suicide bomber had approached the ministers on a bicycle before the explosion which killed three local politicians, besides many others.

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This image, made from video, shows an explosion in background during a religious procession. Struggling to retain their last bit of territory in the north, Tamil Tigers struck back with vengeance, targeting six ministers and local politicians.

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A series of photographs depict a suicide blast caught on camera in Sri Lanka. In this image men perform during a religious procession in Akuressa, in Matara, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Colombo.

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Women combatants of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam wait for the first bus in Omanthai, 215 Kilometers north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government has reopened the main highways connecting rebel-held areas in the north and east with the rest of the country. The highway linking Jaffna was closed in November 1999 when the military launched an offensive to dislodge Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels from small towns along the road.

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A Tamil Tiger motorcycle brigade patrols the streets of Kilinochchi, headquarters of the rebel held territories in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government today said it expects to begin preliminary talks with the LTTE within three months even as Norwegian envoys failed to secure an early breakthrough despite holding 'constructive' parleys with both parties.

AP Photo/Julia Drapkin

Friday October 24, 2008
DMK leaders, along with supporters, form a 60 kilometre long human chain during an agitation to urge the Centre to prevail upon Sri Lanka to end the sufferings of Tamils caught in the fighting between Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan army, in Chennai. 

Also See: My Lankan Brethren

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Monday October 22, 2007
In this undated photo released by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), its leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, center, poses for a group photograph in an undisclosed location with his cadre. In the fourth air strike launched by LTTE since March 26, 2007, two of its aircraft managed to provide air cover to a ground attack launched by a specially-trained commando unit on a Sri Lankan Air Force base at Anuradhapura, 212 kilometres north of Colombo, on October 22, 2007, leaving 13 Sri Lankan soldiers and 20 LTTE commandos dead.

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Sri Lankan police officers and soldiers stand guard at the site of an explosion in Colombo. In a pre-dawn attack, Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed a strategic naval base in northern Sri Lanka leaving 35 sailors dead while a bomb blast in an army bus in the capital killed one person. The latest violence came after the International Red Cross yesterday said that it had pulled its staff away from front-lines dividing government and rebel forces amid an escalation in fighting across the island nation.

AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena

Sunday 29 April
Firing of an anti-aircraft gun fired by government forces is seen in the skyline of Colombo, Sri Lanka, early Sunday. Only five days after launching their second air strike on Sri Lankan army by dropping bombs on a military base in Palaly, Jaffna, the Sri Lankan capital was once again the target of the Tamileelam Air Force (TAF) who bombed oil and gas storage facilities in and around the Colombo-- briefly plunging the city into darkness and sending cricket fans watching the World Cup final fleeing in panic. The Tigers first hit a petroleum facility in Kolonnawa, a suburb of Colombo, where storage tanks are jointly owned by IOC and Sri Lankan governments since 2002 and then dropped two bombs at the Muthurajawela gas storage facility of Shell. Though no casualties have been reported so far, at least one gas storage depot was set ablaze in the air raid.

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Monday 26 March
In this handout photo provided by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), two unidentified members of the newly formed air wing poses with a light air craft at an undisclosed location in rebel held area, Sri Lanka. Striking from the air for the first time, the LTTE bombed a major military airbase adjacent to Sri Lanka's international airport killing three airmen and injuring 16 others. In the pre-dawn strike, the Tamil tigers used two light aircraft to target the Katunayake military airbase, about 35 km north of Colombo and a LTTE spokesman the Tigers will resort to more such attacks against the military. A hangar and two parked helicopters were also damaged in the attack. A LTTE attack on the airport and base in 2001 had killed 18 and wiped out half of the national airline fleet.

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Wednesday 16 August
Sri Lankan Tamils, some of them wearing black bands over their mouths, carry banners and LTTE flags as they commemorate the victims of an air raid that caused the death of orphan school girls in LTTE held Vallipunam, northern Sri Lanka, in front of the offices of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Geneva, Switzerland. The LTTE has accused the Sri Lankan army for bombing an orphanage in its territory, killing 51 schoolgirls and injuring 150 other children on Monday 14 August. The Sri Lankan government has claimed that it was a "legitimate military target" where training was being provided for rebels, including children. However, international truce monitors and United Nations officials who visited the site in Mullaitivu district have claimed they had seen no sign of rebel activity there but could not confirm the LTTE's figures, saying they had seen the bodies of 19 young people at a nearby hospital.

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Tuesday 27 June
There was quite a storm in a tea-cup over the remarks of LTTE's London-based Chief Negotiator and one-time idealouge Anton Balasingham to a private TV channel. Urging India to "put behind" Rajiv Gandhi's assassination by being "magnanimous", he pleaded that India should approach the Tamil ethnic issue in a "different perspective" as a cloud of a major war loomed large over Sri Lanka. Talking about Rajiv Gandhi's assassination on May 21, 1991, all he said was: "As far as that event is concerned, I would say it is a great tragedy, a monumental historical tragedy for which we deeply regret," which somehow got spun into a "LTTE sorry for Rajiv assassination". However, the Indian government was clear and rejected the whole brouhaha, saying forgiving the LTTE for the "dastardly crime" would "tantamount to endorsing the philosophy of terror, violence and political assassinations", while Sri Lankan governmnet also played down LTTE's remarks as it did not "see any apology or any admission of guilt" by the Tigers.

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Tamil Tiger rebels drape the body of Col. Ramanan, the Tigers' No. 2 leader and intelligence chief for eastern Sri Lanka, with their flag during his funeral in the north-eastern village of Kannankudha, Sri Lanka. Though a breakaway Tamil group claimed responsibility for the killing of Ramanan on May 20, the LTTE has blamed the government for the killing.

AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe

Members of the National Movement Against Terrorism march during a protest in Colombo urging the European Union to impose a comprehensive ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

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