Sunday, March 8, 2009

7 Killed In Pakistan Attack On Cricketers

Gunmen have attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team on its way to play in the Pakistani city of Lahore. At least six policemen escorting the team bus were killed, along with a driver. Seven cricketers and an assistant coach were injured. The Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara told that he and his team probably owed their lives to their bus driver. He said, that the driver just kept driving the bus and that's probably what saved them."

Pakistani officials claims, about 12 gunmen were involved, grenades and rocket launchers have been discovered. The incident has a lot of similarities to deadly attacks in Mumbai in India last November.

The BBC's Barbara Plett, in Islamabad, says that the attack was realised in nature with one group of gunmen firing a rocket-propelled grenade in order to create a diversion, while others then came, firing guns on the convoy.

Sri Lanka's assistant coach Paul Farbrace told: "There was a lot of shouting people and when I got to the floor I realised that the blood that I could see was coming from me."

The Sri Lankan visitors had been given inadequate protection.

Obviously this was one of the worst security failures in Pakistan.


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