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Sri Lankan rebel leader 'is dead'

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The leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is dead, Sri Lankan state television has said.

The announcement came shortly after the military said it had surrounded Prabhakaran and about 200 rebels in a tiny patch of jungle in the north-east.

The claim cannot be verified as reporters are barred from the war zone.

Damian Grammaticas reports.

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