Cricket fever is over as road blast kills policemen

April 25, 2007 (AFP) – Tamil Tiger rebels and Sri Lankan soldiers held a truce as their national side marched to the World Cup final, but violence broke out soon after stumps were drawn. Five hours after the semi-final against New Zealand ended in Jamaica early Wednesday, two policemen were killed in a roadside blast.

Suspected Tiger rebels set off the bomb in the eastern district of Ampara, the defence ministry said.

Police and military officials said there were no clashes reported during the live broadcast of the match, which Sri Lanka won to qualify for Saturday’s final in Barbados.

A military source said instructions had gone out to troops and police to maintain a high alert, although the Tigers had announced that they would cease action during the match.

“There were specific instructions to maintain a high alert and ensure that men who were on duty remained in their posts and did not scoot off to watch the match,” the source said.

The Tigers had said earlier there would be no attacks while the match was on.

“There may not be any attacks … because we are also watching the match,” Tiger spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiriyan told AFP by telephone from the