Sri Lanka Wins Decisively Against Insurgency

05.18.09 | FL News Team

A radical insurgent group that relied heavily on suicide bombings has suffered a definitive defeat in Sri Lanka. The island nation off the coast of India has officially declared victory in its 25-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The insurgents were known the world over as the Tamil Tigers, and their seperatist movement claimed some 70-thousand lives on both sides. A relentless assault by government troops reclaimed some 15-thousand square miles of enemy turf along the country's northeastern coast.  

The final blow actually came after the insurgents conceded defeat yesterday, when Sri Lankan special forces killed the movement's founder and guerilla leader. The 54-year-old Vellupillai Prabhakaran swore he would never be taken alive and ended up being shot fleeing the war zone. Troops also killed his adult son and wiped out most of the Tamil Tigers' top leadership. Sri Lankan officials said troops are still in the troubled Tamil region on mop-up operations.  

Meanwhile, European Union officials said they would look into allegations of Sri Lankan human rights abuses. EU officials termed the Tamil Tigers a terrorist organization in a draft statement. But it called on Sri Lanka to end restrictions on aid agencies, particularly the International Red Cross, and to assure media freedoms.