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Sri Lanka celebrates LTTE's end

May 18, 2009 20:21 IST

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The news of LTTE chief Prabhakaran's death sparked celebrations across Sri Lanka on Monday.


Image: A Sri Lankan man waves his national flag as he celebrates the defeat of the Tamil Tigers
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Prabhakaran's death signals the end of the three-decade-long bloody conflict in the island nation.


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The civil war waged by the LTTE has claimed over 70,000 lives so far.


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"All Sri Lankans, irrespective of their differences, have joined their hands together to mark the total eviction of Tiger terrorism from the Sri Lankan soil," the army said.


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National flags went atop all public buildings with jubilant people taking to the streets.


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The people were seen bursting crackers and dancing on the streets, as thousands remained glued to the television.


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Opposition leader Ranil Wicremasinghe congratulated Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the phone on the victory against the LTTE.


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The LTTE, however, termed the killings of its top leaders as a 'determined massacre'


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