Atlanta, Ga. 3/03/2009 10:51 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)
Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by gunman while en route to a match
against Pakistan in Lahore, leaving at least seven people dead and several
members of the team injured.
12 gunmen opened fire on police escorting the bus carrying the players, killing
six officers as well as the driver. According to reports the dozen gunmen,
armed with grenades and rocket launchers, ambushed the bus while it was passing
along the Liberty Square roundabout.
have blamed the attack on inadequate security provided by the Pakistani
government. Imran Khan, a former world class cricketer for Pakistan and now an
outspoken politician, suggested “"This was one of the worst security failures
in Pakistan. The Pakistan government guaranteed the Sri Lankan cricket team
that they would provide them security.”
of the attackers have been apprehended but police recovered a large number of
grenades and rocket launchers at the scene.
Lanka agreed to play in Pakistan after India pulled out of an agreed match
after citing security concerns.
injured players on the Sri Lankan cricket team include: Thilan Samaraweera
(hospital), Tharanga Paranavitana (hospital), Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar
Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Chaminda Vaas, Assistant coach Paul
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