Sri Lankan anti-terror police to advise on Beijing Olympics

Updated: November 8, 2006, 11:49 AM ET
Associated Press

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Beijing Olympic organizers are seeking advice on security from Sri Lanka's anti-terrorist police commando unit.

The Sri Lankans, who have fought separatist Tamil Tiger rebels the last two decades, will join specialists from the United States, United Kingdom, Russia and France in studying security for the 2008 Summer Games.

Sri Lanka's Special Task Force has been invited to work with the international panel in suggesting guidelines to Olympic organizers, STF chief Nimal Lewke told the Associated Press.

"STF's expertise has been sought purely on terrorism and VIP protection," Lewke said. "For the first time, Sri Lanka has been invited for this and it's big achievement."

The task force, established in 1983, also handles security at key installations in Colombo and provides protection for the nation's president, prime minister and several cabinet ministers.

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