Sri Lanka Tests on despite blasts, England says

KANDY, Sri Lanka, Nov 29, 2007 (AFP) – England’s cricket test series in Sri Lanka will go ahead despite two deadly bomb attacks blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels that killed at least 19 people, officials said Thursday. The British High Commission (embassy) told team management, preparing for Saturday’s first Test in Kandy, the travel advisory warning had not changed.

“It is for the team to decide on the tour but we have told them our travel advisory to Sri Lanka has not changed, except for a minor amendment following Wednesday’s blasts,” High Commission spokesman John Culley told AFP.

“The level of the advisory has not changed.”

A powerful parcel bomb exploded Wednesday outside a clothing store on the outskirts of the capital Colombo, killing 17, wounding 43 others and leaving the street littered with body parts, police said.

The attack came just hours after a disabled female suicide bomber blew herself up outside the office of a Tamil government minister, killing his secretary and injuring two security guards.

England, who are due to play the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club from December 9-13 in Colombo, said the series would go ahead as originally planned.

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