Sri Lanka says Military in Final Act Against Tamil Tigers

A Sri Lankan policeman stands guard in front of displaced Tamil civilians during a visit by the U.N. secretary general's representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), at a camp set up for Tamils who have escaped the war zone, in Vavuniya, about 254 km (158 miles) north of Colombo, April 4, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A Sri Lankan policeman stands guard in front of displaced Tamil civilians during a visit by the U.N. secretary general's representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), at a camp set up for Tamils who have escaped the war zone, in Vavuniya, about 254 km (158 miles) north of Colombo, April 4, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

Sri Lanka’s military says troops are confining the Tamil Tigers to a no fire zone, where the final act of the twenty five year separatist war will  take place. Tens of thousands of civilians are still said to be trapped within the zone. The ongoing media blackout is making it hard to verify comment.

Diplomats and aid agencies are concerned over what they are calling the possibly most deadly phase of a military campaign. They say, that military should besiege the area, allowing for greater protection of civilians.

The military says it has recovered the bodies of  more than 420 members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) .

It is saying it has  killed the LTTE head of security officer, founder and leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran Gaddhafi. They also claim to have killed head of LTTE’s female fighters, and another commander of the armed group.

But, the Tigers could not be reached for immediate comment. Therefore it is unclear as to whether these accounts can be verified.

LTTE is composed of some, not all, members of one of Sri Lanka’s  minority group. The Tamils have been oppressed and discriminated against by successive governments. The government was led by the Sinhalese majority since 1948, when Sri Lanka received Independence from Britain.

The armed group is fighting for an independent state from the Sinhalese majority.

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