The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE), also known as the Tamil Tigers
, is a Sri Lankan Tamil guerrilla
organization founded in 1976
that has sought to establish an independent state, called Tamil Eelam
, in the north-east of Sri Lanka
. However, as the country entered a "post-conflict" phase in 2002 and 2003, the LTTE seemed to moderate these demands, seeking instead greater political and economic autonomy within a one-state solution and acknowledging that a military approach was not a viable way to achieve their goals.
The Tamil Tigers' most notorious crime was the May 21, 1991 alleged assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi