Closing in on the last foothold of the LTTE, Sri Lankan special forces today killed seven top rebel leaders, including Charles Anthony, son of Tamil Tigers' chief Velupillai Prabhakaran whose fate is still unknown.
The army believes that its special forces have encircled Prabhakaran, Tigers' intelligence head Pottu Aman and Sea Tigers' chief Soosoi who are boxed into a 100m x 100m area, north of Vellamullivaikkal and they would be ringed in soon.
The body of 24-year-old Anthony, chief of LTTE's air wing, was found during mop operations in the last rebel-held territory in the no-fire zone this morning, the defence ministry said.
The bodies of LTTE political head B Nadesan, LTTE peace Secretariat chief Pulidevan and Tigers' special forces military leader Ramesh were found in the war zone, it said.
Troops also recovered the bodies of Tigers' police wing chief Ilango along with senior rebel leaders Sundaram and Kapil Amman.
However, there was no word on the fate of the outfit's supremo Prabhakaran about whom there have been lot of speculative reports in the last two days that he is dead.
The deaths of the top LTTE leaders came a day after Tamil Tigers conceded defeat saying the decades-old battle has reached its "bitter end" and they have decided to "silence" their guns.