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LTTE denies Prabhakaran was injured
T V Sriram in Colombo | December 22, 2007 15:41 IST
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on Saturday denied that its leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran was injured in a Sri Lankan Air Force attack late in November in Killinocchi.
"Our leader (Prabhakaran) is like a sun. Can anybody even think of extinguishing him? Do you think we will ever keep our leader in such a place where he is vulnerable to attacks? He is leading us from the front. He is not injured," an LTTE spokesman said following reports quoting the government as claiming that the elusive leader was wounded in raids by the country's air force.
When asked about the state of health of Prabhakaran, the spokesman merely said, "He is eating well. I met brother (Prabhakaran) three days ago."
On the attacks by Sri Lanka [Images] Air Force and the army, the LTTE representative said there was an attack on November 27 on the Voice of Tigers Radio station and one on November 28. "I don't remember the one on November 26. Since there is a confrontation almost every day, we can't say and don't generally keep a count."
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror in a report quoting military intelligence said the LTTE chief may have suffered only a minor bruise in his right shoulder.
"The underground bunker where Prabhakaran was hiding at the time was partially destroyed. During this attack, part of the camouflaged bunker at his safe house situated in a housing scheme, had fallen on Prabhakaran's right shoulder, injuring him," the newspaper said.