Tamil Tigers admit leader is dead
The Sri Lankan army released pictures it said were of the dead leader
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have admitted for the first time that their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead.
A statement issued by the Tigers said their "incomparable leader" had "attained martyrdom" and declared a week of mourning.
A spokesman for the group also told the BBC that it would now use non-violent methods to fight for Tamils' rights.
Sri Lanka's army last week released pictures it said showed Prabhakaran's body after its final offensive.
The statement from the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) said he was killed "fighting the military oppression of the Sri Lankan government" last Sunday.
The rebels had made a last stand in the north-east of the island after Sri Lankan troops cornered them in a coastal strip.
The Tigers' defeat brought to an end their 26-year fight for a separate Tamil homeland.
The statement was signed by the defeated group's head of international relations, Selvarasa Pathmanathan.