The 3-week military offensive to put a halt to his 25-year campaign for an autonomous Tamil state in the island nation, notched a grand success. Few days earlier, his son met the same fate during a military attack on Batticaloa near Jaffna Peninsular.
Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa who ordered the war against LTTE made an announcement of the government's achievement, saying the nation will be reconcialled soon, an effort to bring about absolute peace to the country.
I remember having a 5-minute chat with Prabhakaran in Madras (now Chennai) in 1988 while I was on a 16-hour transit from Baghdad to Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur. An Indian journalist whom I made friend with in Baghdad managed to sneaked me into his private hideout, located about 30 km east of the city.
At 33 then, he and his 20 bodyguards were in their casual dress but I could see Browing, Colt or Baretta at their waists. He didnt say much but repeatedly avowed his determination to free the 'oppressed Tamil people of Sri Lanka'.
I didnt write any story about it, knowing it was against the government policy. However, I did tell my editor about it, only to get 'Hang Nak Mati Ka?' answer.
Several years ago, there were news about some Malaysians being trained at LTTE camps in northern Sri Lanka. Also, about the presence of a few LTTE members in Malaysia. True or not, I hope to see this country free from such conflicts.