Interpol says foiled militant attack on cricket World Cup

ISLAMABAD, (Reuters) – Interpol said today 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.

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