The six-nation Asia Cup cricket tournament will go ahead despite the suicide bombing by Tamil Tiger rebels.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
Colombo:The six-nation Asia Cup cricket tournament will go ahead despite the suicide bombing by Tamil Tiger rebels that killed four people and wounded seven others. "There is no change in our plan," said the Sri Lanka Cricket spokesman Ray Illangakoon. Sri Lanka will host the Asia Cup from July 16 - Aug. 1. The participants include India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. Most of the matches will be played at two stadiums in Colombo. A rebel suicide bomber detonated explosives at a police station, killing herself and four officers after being detected on a mission to assassinate a top moderate Tamil leader. Police stopped the woman as she was trying to get inside the office of Douglas Devananda, a top Tamil leader who is opposed to the Tigers. The last major attack by the rebels near Colombo was in July 2001, when Sri Lanka's only international airport was attacked. Twelve people were killed and 13 aircraft destroyed. The rebels and the government signed a cease-fire in February, 2002 that stopped two decades of civil war. Peace talks are however on hold, following differences between the rebels and the government. (AP)