ISLAMABAD (Reuters) Interpol said Thursday it had foiled a militant plot to carry out an attack during the cricket World Cup now being played across South Asia.
"Last week, through cooperation from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, we were able to identify, locate and arrest a terrorist," head of the Paris-based international police agency, Ronald K. Noble, told reporters in Islamabad along with Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik.
He said the man with "criminal intentions," whom he did not identify, was arrested on his way from the Pakistani port city of Karachi to the Maldives.
"Thanks to the cooperation of your country and other countries, we were able to make sure that the World Cup remains safe," he said. Neither he nor Malik, gave further details.
Earlier this month, India issued an alert over a possible attack on the hugely popular tournament being played until April 2 in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
In 2009, gunmen attacked visiting Sri Lankan cricketers in the Pakistani city of Lahore, shattering a belief that the sport in the sub-continent enjoyed immunity of sorts against militancy.
Eight Pakistanis died in the attack and six members of the Sri Lanka team were injured.
Since then, Pakistan, one of the original four co-hosts of the World Cup, has not hosted an international cricket match.
Comments - 13
TMA Friday, 25 March 2011 08:06 AM
Sammy Friday, 25 March 2011 08:15 AM
The suspect is a Maldivian national, one Iqbal Mohamed.
abc Saturday, 26 March 2011 12:32 AM
Hey dont finish the terrorist, cos the finisher will end up in jail
Ran Friday, 25 March 2011 03:36 AM
A warning to all the terrorist:
Do not mess with Sri Lanka!
v vendetta Friday, 25 March 2011 03:35 AM
Well after defeating the worlds most dangerous terrorist outfit, I guess things like this are a piece of cake for the SL Security Forces. Good Stuff!
Dillon Friday, 25 March 2011 02:15 PM
Of course not !! LOL...
Supun Chandrasiri Friday, 25 March 2011 04:44 AM
chenny Friday, 25 March 2011 05:01 AM
Reveal who are behind them. Should be Islamic extremists or any link to LTTE ?
rosh Friday, 25 March 2011 05:26 AM
Nothing remains for them to mess with. ita already a mESS
Konde bendapu china Friday, 25 March 2011 06:00 AM
Sri Lanka is the only Country who wipe out Terrorist Group
Ranjith Friday, 25 March 2011 06:06 AM
Shh... ! Do not shout too much. Mastermind on this subject is in remand custody
Ranger Friday, 25 March 2011 06:10 AM
LTTE had their own agenda and doing harm to sports was definitely not one of them.
Sarath Friday, 25 March 2011 07:06 AM
These can be handiwork of hostile intelligence agencies too.
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