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'Needle of suspicion for attack on Lankan cricketers on LTTE'

world Updated: Mar 09, 2009 15:20 IST

A top Sri Lankan official has said that the needle of suspicion for last Tuesday’s attack on the country's cricketers in Lahore was also on the LTTE.

Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said it was possible that the Tamil Tiger rebels were trying to distract the government’s attention from the ongoing offensives against the guerrillas.

“We have heard that Pakistani authorities are also concerned that an external element may have contributed to the attack on our cricketers in Lahore. We also have this suspicions from the beginning,” Kohona said.

"We will recall that on the first day of the attack itself certain suggestions were made that the LTTE may have had a hand in it. It would be surprising if they had not been behind this,” Kohona told reporters yesterday.

It may be recalled that the LTTE has distanced itself from the attack on the bus carrying the cricketers in Lahore last week.

LTTE spokesman Thileepan in an interview to Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) last week said that the outfit was in no way involved with the attack the island nation’s cricket team, which cancelled the visit due to returned home subsequently.

“And he (Thileepan) said the LTTE rejected speculation that it could be linked to the attack in Pakistan on the Sri Lankan cricket team,” the SBS reported.