Tamil Tigers Confirm Death of Leader

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2009 3:19 PM CDT
A young Malaysian Indian protester of Tamil ethnicity holds a stuffed tiger during a demonstration in support of the Tamil Tigers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, May 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
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(Newser) – The defeated Tamil Tigers have admitted that leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead, the BBC reports. The rebels declared a week of mourning after their “incomparable leader” was killed while "fighting the military oppression of the Sri Lankan government," a statement said. The Tigers have also renounced violence, said a spokesman, after Sri Lanka's military wiped out their army and displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians.