Tamil Tiger 'regret' over Gandhi

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Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have expressed "regret" over the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi 15 years ago. Top rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham told private Indian channel NDTV that Mr Gandhi's killing by a suicide bomber was a "monumental tragedy".

Correspondents say it is the closest the rebels have come to admitting they were responsible for the murder.

India was the first country to ban the Tigers as a result of the killing.

The BBC's Ethirajan Anbarasan says the rebels' expression of regret may be linked to their increased international isolation after recent bans by the European Union and Canada.

He says the rebels feel they need some sort of support from India, which once armed and supported them.

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