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Interpol Foils World Cup Terror Plot


South Africa's Faf du Plessis plays a shot during their Cricket World Cup quarter-final match against New Zealand in Dhaka, March 25, 2011.

South Africa's Faf du Plessis plays a shot during their Cricket World Cup quarter-final match against New Zealand in Dhaka, March 25, 2011.

Interpol says it has stopped a possible terrorist attack on the cricket World Cup, which is underway in South Asia.

Interpol chief Ronald Noble told reporters in Islamabad Thursday that the agency was able last week to "identify, locate and arrest a terrorist" with the help of authorities in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Noble said the man with "criminal intentions" was arrested on his way to the Maldives after leaving the Pakistani port city of Karachi.

The Interpol chief spoke at a press briefing alongside Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik. Neither official gave details of the suspect or the terror plot.

The World Cup is being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The three countries have increased security for the tournament, with India issuing a general alert for possible attacks until the end of the World Cup on April 2.

Pakistan was also set to co-host the tournament. The country lost that right following a 2009 attack in which gunmen opened fire on the Sri Lankan team bus in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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