Pakistan says a terrorist planning attack on World Cup venue in Sri Lanka arrested

Mar 25, Colombo: Pakistani officials said Thursday (March 24) that a man suspected of planning a terror attack targeting a cricket World Cup venue in Sri Lanka has been arrested.

Without revealing where the arrest was made, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik at a joint news conference with Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble has said that the suspected terrorist was arrested on the basis of information provided by Pakistan to the Interpol.

The Pakistani minister has said that the international police, Interpol supervised the arrest.

“There was a serious attempt of an act of terrorism during this (World Cup),” a Times of India report quoting the Pakistani minister said.

He has asserted that the suspect is not a Pakistani national and the information about the suspect and his plans are being shared with India.

The Interpol official has said that with the help of Pakistan and other countries they prevented a terrorist attack in Sri Lanka during the World Cup with the arrest.

“Last week, with the help of Pakistan, we identified and arrested the terrorist who had left Karachi… Thanks to the cooperation (of Pakistan) and other countries, we were able to make sure that the World Cup remains safe,” Times of India quoted Noble.

The Pakistani minister has expressed hope that India would ensure foolproof security for the Pakistani cricket team during the World Cup semi-final at Mohali, India.

Interpol in cooperation with Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) recently arrested a Maldives national in connection with a 2007 terror bombing attack as he travelled from Pakistan to the Maldives via Sri Lanka.

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