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Friday, March 25, 2011 - 09.25 GMT

SL joins in foiling attack on World Cup


Interpol said Thursday it had foiled a militant plot, with the cooperation from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, 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," quoting the Head of the Interpol Ronald K. Noble, Reuters reported.

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 Pakistan and other countries, we were able to make sure that the World Cup remains safe," he said.

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.

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, Reuters said.






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