After years of bloody conflict, Sri Lanka says it has now totally crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels.
The government says it has killed the leader of the rebel group, along with his son. This as the military said the island was now totally under government control for the first time since 1983. Rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran and two deputies are said to have been killed by special forces while trying to flee. There are fears that civilians also died in this last battle against the rebels, who have been fighting for a separate Tamil state. The government declared victory on Saturday and yesterday the rebels conceded defeat. Some 250 Tamil Tigers are reported to have been killed in the final battle. However many questions remain about the conduct of the war. European governments are among those calling for an independent inquiry into claims of human rights abuses.