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Senior LTTE leader killed in ambush – military

A top Tamil Tiger leader has been killed in an ambush in Sri Lanka’s restive east, the Indian Ocean island’s military said on Monday. E. Kousalyan, political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s (LTTE) eastern wing, was the most senior rebel killed since a 2002 ceasefire after two decades of civil war. Kousalyan was shot dead along with three other rebels in a government-controlled area in the eastern district of Batticaloa, military spokesman Brigadier Daya Ratnayake told Reuters. Ratnayake said the military suspected a breakaway rebel faction led by a renegade commander called Karuna was behind the attack on the Tigers, who were ambushed as they drove in a van near a border separating the rebels from the military. Full Story

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