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SL warned UK of 'LTTE threats' against cricketers

The Sri Lankan government warned the British government and Scotland Yard of a 'possible threat to Sri Lanka's cricket team from the Tamil Tiger terrorist supporters in England', according to a report in the Sunday Leader.

The External Affairs Ministry's Secretary, Karunatalika Amunugama, has requested a report into the possibility of 'security lapses' which allowed Tamil protesters to disrupt the Sri Lanka's cricket match against India at Swalec stadium in Cardiff.

Amunugama said:

"The ministry has asked the High Commissioner Dr. Chris Nonis to raise the issue with the British authorities"

In an apparent reference to a photograph taken by Reuters which depicts Kusal Perera with his arms thrown up and hands in the air when confronted by a Tamil protester holding a Tamil Eelam flag, the ColomboPage said: 'one of them [Tamil protesters] has even tried to grab Kusal Perera who backpedaled and escaped the LTTE supporter.'

The DailyMirror.lk reported on Friday that the Sri Lankan embassy in London, had instructed the British government to provide security to the Sri Lankan cricketers and 'Sri Lankans' living in Britain 'in the wake of reports of coordinated attacks on them'.

Yesterday the Sri Lankan cricketer Malinga was spotted shopping in a shopping mall in White City, London.

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