Tamil Tiger deputies dead, island under govt control: military

May 18, 2009 (AFP) – Sri Lankan troops on Monday killed the two deputies of the leader of the Tamil Tigers, the military said, declaring the entire island to be under government control for the first time in decades. “The Tigers had only an area of 100 metres by 100 metres, and that has now been taken,” the source said.

Officials said Sea Tiger leader Soosai and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) intelligence chief Pottu Amman died along with rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran while trying to escape in a van and ambulance from troops.

“Pottu Amman and Soosai were also in the same vehicle with Prabhakaran,” a top military official said.