Although the rebel spokesman has denied the government's claim, saying on a pro-rebel website that Prabhakaran, is "alive and safe", the DNA tests have proved that the body recovered belongs to the LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Army said.
The Commander of Sri Lanka Army General Sarath Fonseka this afternoon confirmed that Prabhakaran's body was found among the 150 or so bodies the army recovered yesterday.
Soon after this special statement by the Army Commander the state owned Sri Lanka Rupawahini Corporation and several other media have telecasted the images of the recovered body of the LTTE chief.
Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said the bullet-ridden body was found by the 53 Division troops in the Nanthikadal lagoon area.
The security forces have found the identity card of Prabhakaran issued by the LTTE and the armlet with the number one indicating his position in the LTTE.
Also, the body has been positively identified as Prabhakaran's by Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan and surrendered rebel leader Daya Master.
------------------------------Hopefully, the Sri Lanka President can bring his people together in peace..and he seems to be starting on the right foot....even declaring tomorrow (May 20) a national holiday.
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa pointed out that the end of the war against the 'terrorist' was not a defeat for the Tamil community and henceforth, he did not want to identify them as a minority community in the country. According to President Rajapaksa, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, and Malays are no longer minorities, all are Sri Lankans. There are now only two national identities, patriots and non-patriots, the latter is now the minority, President stressed.