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LTTE chief’s son on the rise

world Updated: Feb 16, 2009 12:47 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) V Prabhakaran is still in Sri Lanka and living among the civilians in rebel dominated Wanni to launch counter attacks against the army, two surrendered LTTE suicide cadres have claimed.

They further added that Prabhakaran’s son, Charles Anthony, is now in the forefront of the battle against the Sri Lankan armed forces.

The two cadres, part of the suicide squad called Black Tigers, claimed that Anthony was commanding the remaining LTTE personnel along with top LTTE leaders like Banu and Lakshman.

It is rare for Black Tigers to be caught alive; instances of surrender are even rarer. But the Sri Lankan army (SLA) claimed that the two Black Tigers, both in their ’20s, surrendered at a place called Therumurukandy in the north-eastern district of Mullaitivu on January 28.

The duo surrendered after failing in their attempts to bomb the bund of the Iranamadu Tank which if succeeded could have caused immense disaster, the Sunday Observer said.

According to them, after the battle became more intense, Prabhakaran sent his wife and youngest son, who is 10, to safer, undisclosed location.

Prabhakaran has two other children — a daughter Dhuwraha in her 20’s and another son Balachandran who is in his teens.

Anthony, according reports, returned from Ireland in 2006 with a degree in aeronautical engineering and is heading the air wing and computer unit of LTTE, according to the reports.

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