May 17, 2009 / 9:40 AM / in 10 years

Tiger chief body believed found; unconfirmed: sources

COLOMBO (Reuters) - A body believed to be that of Tamil Tiger founder leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran has been found but the identity of the corpse has not been confirmed, Sri Lankan military sources said on Sunday.

“They are taking the body for checks to confirm it is the real Prabhakaran,” one military official told Reuters on conditions of anonymity. Four other military sources confirmed the recovery and said identity checks were under way.

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara denied the report.

Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Alex Richardson

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