All combat over, Tiger rebels defeated: Sri Lanka army chief

May 18, 2009 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s army chief announced Monday that all combat operations against the Tamil Tigers have ended with the last rebels defeated and all territory captured.

“Now the entire country is declared rid of terrorism and over 250 dead bodies of terrorists are scattered over the last ditch,” he said.

“All military operations have come to a stop with the capture of the remaining ditch,” army chief Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said in a statement.