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Sri Lank Civil War: Rebel Tamil Tigers Admit Defeat In 25-Year Conflict

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's military says the eldest son of the top Tamil Tiger rebel leader has been killed in fighting.

Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara says army troops on Monday found the body of Charles Anthony, the son of Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Prabhakaran has three children and Charles Anthony _ named after a rebel leader who died earlier in the war _ was the only one thought to be fighting along with his father.

There was no immediate comment from the rebels and it was not possible to independently verify the military's claim as journalists and observers are barred from the war zone.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's military says special forces have killed the head of the Tamil Tigers' political wing and two other top leaders in the northern war zone.

There has been no word yet on the whereabouts of the group's top leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

A senior military official says an attack Sunday night killed rebels' political wing leader Balasingham Nadesan, head of rebels' peace secretariat Seevaratnam Puleedevan and a top military leader known as Ramesh.

The official spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said he is still verifying the reports.

The military's claim could not be independently verified as the journalists and observers are barred from the war zone.

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