New Delhi: Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief V Prabhakaran could be dead with Sri Lankan army sources telling CNN-IBN that his body has been recovered and is being taken to an army camp in Colombo.
Sri Lankan army sources say they have recovered 150 bodies of LTTE cadres but the bodies are still being identified.
According to reports all civilians held hostage by the LTTE have now been freed from the battle zone.
The report comes even as the Lankan government announced it had captured the final stronghold of the LTTE, and that the top LTTE leadership may have committed mass suicide.
"I am proud to announce... that my government with the total commitment of our armed forces, has in an unprecedented humanitarian operation, finally defeated the LTTE militarily," said Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Lankan army claims to have intercepted LTTE messages of mass suicide of rebel leaders.