Sri Lanka's military strongly believes that Tamil Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is still holed up in a small coastal strip in the north and has said it is impossible for him to flee the country now.
"I feel Prabhakaran is inside the 10-square-kilometre no-fire-zone holding civilians as human shield. This area is fast shrinking with our troops advancing steadily towards it from various directions and it is almost impossible for him to flee the area now," the army's elite 58 Division Commander Brigadier Shavendra Silva said in Kilinochchi Friday.
"Prabhakaran is not the type of man who lives on the surface when there is a military operation. I am sure he will be living underground," Brig Silva told reporters in a building that was earlier the political headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and is now the operational hub of the 58 Division.
Image: In this photograph made available by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran gives his annual address to Sri Lanka's Tamil minority at an undisclosed location near Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008.
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