Colombo: Ruling out India's involvement, Sri Lanka on Monday suspected LTTE to be behind the audacious attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team at Lahore. that left seven players injured and eight people dead.
"There is no Indian involvement" in the March 3 attack, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told reporters here. "India has helped us in our counter-terrorist efforts. I don't see a need for India to target the Sri Lankan cricket team." A dozen terrorists had ambushed the Sri Lankan cricket squad's luxury bus in Lahore, firing bullets and lobbing grenades on the vehicle. Seven players and an assistant coach were among 20 people injured in the attack, which also killed eight others, six of them security personnel.
His comments came hours after Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said the needle of suspicion for last Tuesday's attack on the country's cricketers was also on the LTTE.
It was possible that the Tamil Tiger rebels were trying to distract the government's attention from the ongoing offensive against the guerrillas in the island's north, he 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 said.