India warns of militant attack on cricket World Cup

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 9:28 AM
India warns of militant attack on cricket World Cup

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has sounded an alert over a possible militant attack on the cricket World Cup, a government official said Wednesday, but he added that there was no specific threat.

"There have been a large number of inputs over the last couple of months," U.K. Bansal, Secretary, Internal Security, told Reuters. "All these put together could be an opportunity, which anti-India elements could exploit."

"We are sounding an alert," Bansal added.

The cricket tournament is being held in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and will end on April 2 in Mumbai.

Indian authorities say they have taken measures to ensure the high-profile tournament is safe.

India suffered one of its worst militant attacks in 2008 when Pakistan-based gunmen carried out coordinated attacks across Mumbai, killing 164 people.

(Reporting by Matthias Williams; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Yoko Nishikawa)