Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran has been killed, a local newspaper on Monday quoted unconfirmed official sources as saying.
The Daily Mirror quoted a senior defence official as saying that Prabhakaran was shot dead on Monday while trying to flee government troops in the north.
The Ministry of Defense said earlier in a statement that the Army foiled the last attempt of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to evacuate its top leaders Monday morning in the northern Mullaittivu district.
The government soldiers have located over 150 bodies of LTTE cadres so far and the process of identifying the bodies is in progress.
The LTTE cadres have managed to take hold of two vehicles and put their senior leaders into those vehicles, but the soldiers intercepted the vehicles and crushed the move, said the statement.
The troops have so far identified bodies of Charles Anthony, the eldest son of Prabhakaran, B. Nadesan, the LTTE's political head, S. Pulidevan, the LTTE's head of peace secretariat, S. Ramesh, a special military leader, Kapil Amman, the LTTE's deputy intelligence leader, among others, said the statement.
Some residents in Colombo are firing crackers as the news of Probhakaran's death spreads around the island's capital.