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Sri Lanka's slain Tiger chief's mother dies


The mother of Sri Lanka's slain top Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran died at a hospital in northern Sri Lanka Sunday, a family friend said.

Vallipuram Parvathi, who was believed to be in her early 80s, was being treated at the Valvedditturai hospital following a stroke last year, said a Tamil politician close to the family, who did not want to be identified.
Prabhakaran's parents were captured by the military in the final stages of fighting between troops and Tamil Tigers in May 2009. Government forces killed Prabhakaran on May 18 and declared an end to the island's drawn-out separatist war which had been led by the Tigers.
Prabhakaran's father, T. Velupillai, died in military custody last year, after which Parvathi was released.
The UN estimates that up to 100,000 people were killed in the separatist war between 1972 and 2009, while at least 7,000 civilians perished in the final months of fighting.