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PostSubject: Srilankan cricket team attacked in Pakistan   Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:11 pm

Gunmen have attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team on its way to play in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

At least five members of the Sri Lankan cricket team were injured and five Pakistani policemen escorting the team bus were killed.

Pakistani officials said about 12 gunmen were involved and grenades and rocket launchers have been recovered.

The BBC's Barbara Plett in Islamabad says the incident will come as a big blow to Pakistani cricket.

Pakistan invited Sri Lanka to tour after India's cricket team pulled out of a scheduled cricket tour following the deadly November attacks in the western Indian city of Mumbai.

Match cancelled

Officials in Lahore said two members of the Sri Lankan team had bullet wounds.

Others are thought to have received minor injuries.

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"Five [of our] cricketers have injuries, but they are OK. But the players are shocked. They have never gone through anything like this before," former Sri Lankan player Sanath Jayasuriya told an Indian news channel on the phone from Colombo.

The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse condemned the "cowardly terrorist attack", and ordered the players to be evacuated home immediately.

The gunmen opened fire on the Sri Lankan team bus which was on its way to the Gaddafi stadium, venue for a Test match between the two sides.

The third day of play in the Second Test was scheduled to begin, but officials said the match has now been cancelled.

TV pictures showed two gunmen with backpacks on the road where the incident happened.

According to Lahore police chief Habibur Rahman, "10 to 12" attackers came to the scene in auto rickshaws.

Thilan Samaraweera, who scored a double century in the ongoing Test match, is one of those who is in hospital.



Grenades and rocket launchers had been found at the site of the incident, police said.

Shop owner Ahmed Ali said two policemen had been driving behind the team bus when the attack happened.

"It was a very heavy firing and I heard at least two explosions at the time," a witness told Reuters.

Security fears

India and Australia have pulled out of cricket tours in Pakistan in the recent past citing security concerns.

Meanwhile, the sport's world governing body, the International Cricket Council, last month decided not to hold the 2009 Champions Trophy in Pakistan due to safety worries.

The eight-nation tournament was to be held in September and October. Pakistan, along with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are due to jointly host the Cricket World Cup in 2011.
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PostSubject: Re: Srilankan cricket team attacked in Pakistan   Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:49 pm

Soooooo interesting to see who was behind this....
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PostSubject: Re: Srilankan cricket team attacked in Pakistan   Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:27 pm

I HATE all those who started saying "its the terrorists" .. what? What proof do u have? None. Yet its the terrorists.

I think its probably some Indian or Pak intelligence or American or something..
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PostSubject: Re: Srilankan cricket team attacked in Pakistan   Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:32 pm

LOL man, some goofs at 'MuslimMatters' started saying already ''......Terrorists''
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