Tuesday, March 03, 2009



Gunmen ambush cricket team in Pakistan
One of the worst attacks on a sports team since 1972 Munich Olympics
The Associated Press
updated 8:16 a.m. PT, Tues., March. 3, 2009
LAHORE, Pakistan - At least a dozen men ambushed Sri Lanka's cricket team with rifles, grenades and rocket launchers Tuesday as they drove to the stadium ahead of a match in Pakistan, killing six policemen and a driver.

The attackers struck as a convoy carrying the squad and match officials reached a traffic circle 300 yards from the main sports stadium in the eastern city of Lahore, triggering a 15-minute gunbattle with police guarding the vehicles.

Seven players, an umpire and a coach were wounded, none with life-threatening injuries.

The assault was one of the worst terrorist attacks on a sports team since Palestinian militants killed 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Tuesday's attackers melted away into the city, and none was killed or captured, city police chief Haji Habibur Rehman said. Authorities did not speculate on the identities of the attackers or their motives, but the chief suspects will be Islamist militants, some with links to al-Qaida, who have staged high-profile attacks on civilian targets before.

The bus driver, Mohammad Khalil, accelerated as bullets ripped into the vehicle and explosions rocked the air, steering the team to the safety of the stadium. The players — some of them wounded — ducked down and shouted "Go! Go!" as he drove through the ambush.

'In a state of war'
The attack reinforced perceptions that nuclear-armed Pakistan is unable to control a raging militancy that is increasingly threatening to destabilize the nation of 170 million.

The head of Pakistan's Interior Ministry, Rehman Malik, said the country was "in a state of war."

"We will flush out all these terrorists from this country," he vowed late Tuesday.

Sri Lanka had agreed to this tour — allowing Pakistan to host its first test matches in 14 months — only after India and Australia backed out of scheduled trips over security concerns. The assault will end hopes of international cricket teams — or any sports teams — playing in the country for months, if not years.

Tuesday's attack came three months after the Mumbai terror strikes that killed 164 people. Those raids were allegedly carried out by Pakistan militants, and the assault in Lahore resembled them in many respects. Both were coordinated, used multiple gunmen, apparently in teams of two, who were armed with explosives and assault rifles and apparently had little fear of death or capture.

Authorities will also consider possible links to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger separatist rebels who are being badly hit in a military offensive at home, though Sri Lankan military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said it was unlikely the group was involved.

Authorities canceled the test match against Pakistan's national team, and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered his foreign minister to immediately travel to Pakistan to help assist in the team's evacuation.

A special flight is expected to bring the players home in the early hours of Wednesday, according to a Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry official.

'Highly trained and highly armed'
TV footage of the attack showed at least two pairs of gunmen with backpacks firing from a stretch of grass and taking cover behind a small monument before moving on. It was taken from the offices of a Pakistani news channel overlooking the site of the ambush.

"These people were highly trained and highly armed. The way they were holding their guns, the way they were taking aim and shooting at the police, it shows they were not ordinary people," said Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province. "This is the same style as the terrorists who attacked Mumbai."

Investigators found a plethora of weapons — including rocket-propelled grenades, sub-machine guns and plastic bombs — as they searched the scene, Punjab police chief Khwaja Khalid Farooq said.

The attackers also had walkie-talks, mineral water, dried fruit and backpacks, he said. "They came with proper planning," he said.

An Associated Press reporter saw police handling what looked like two suicide jackets.

"It is a terrible incident, and I am lost for words," said Steve Davis, an Australian who was to have umpired the match.

Resemble Pashtuns?
Lahore police chief Rehman said "between 12 and 14 men" took part in the assault and they resembled Pashtuns, the ethnic group that hails from close to the Afghan border, the stronghold of al-Qaida and the Taliban. He said officers were hunting them down.

Two Sri Lankan players — Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana — were being treated for bullet wounds in a hospital but were stable, said Chamara Ranavira, a spokesman for the Sri Lankan High Commission.

Umpire Ahsan Raza was hit in his abdomen, medical Superintendent of the Services Hospital, Mohammad Javed, said.

Team captain Mahela Jayawardene and four other players had minor injuries, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board said. Ranavira said British assistant coach Paul Farbrace also sustained minor injuries.

Haider Ashraf, another police officer, said six policemen and a driver of a Pakistan Cricket Board vehicle were killed.

Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said little could be done to stop such an attack, saying "there is never enough security to counter a well organized and determined terrorist group."

The Dubai-based International Cricket Council condemned the attack. But ICC President David Morgan told the British Broadcasting Corp. that the organization had no role in deciding on whether Pakistan was safe enough for a tour since Sri Lanka and Pakistan agreed to the match.

One militant group likely to fall under particular suspicion is Lashkar-e-Taiba, the network blamed for the Mumbai terror attacks in November, in which 10 gunmen staged a three-day siege targeting luxury hotels, a Jewish center and other sites.

In the past, India and Pakistan have blamed each other for attacks on their territories. Any allegations like that will trigger fresh tensions between the countries, which are already dangerously high.

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At 11:02 AM, Blogger Truth Speaker said...

Terrorist want to Isolate Pakistan, as India said that they will make Pakistan isolated. India was not happy with Sri Lankan tour to Pakistan.Pakistan twice answered the world when they needed Pakistan, 1st when the world needed us for war against USSR in Afghanistan and then when the world needed us for the war against Al-Qaida in Afghanistan, now Pakistan needs world to help out Pakistan in order to tackle this menace.I don't think that Taliban or Al-Qaida is involved in this act of terrorism because Sri-Lankan forces are not in Afghanistan helping USA and allied forces against them, so they had no problems with the Sri Lankan team. It seems that Indian,RAW backed Tamil tigers are behind this as Tamil tigers lost war to Sri Lankan forces who are equipped by Pakistan.
It look like the same kind of attack as it was in Mumbai, I think Indian intelligence agency RAW is behind it, as they wanted to isolate Pakistan & also they wanted to take revenge of Mumbai terror attack by terrorizing the Pakistani and visitors to Pakistan.
I don’t support 2011 world cup in South Asia, as all 4 countries having problems.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Truth Speaker said...

For 9/11:Non-Muslims (Americans) can kill their own people for “oil” (SHAME ON U), 9/11 was a lie http://www.loosechange911.com/ AND http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_joe_plum_070324_the_9_2f11_lie_is_in_c.htm AND http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12643.htm

September 11, planned by Bush.
THE TRUTH ABOUT SEP 11, the REAL CULPRITS http://www.911truth.org
http://www.william911.com/ & http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6885277369482418431

For Daniel Pearl: Pakistan never accused anyone, its a lie.

For Mumbai attacks: non state actors were invloved as india failed to show pakistan's gov. involvment.

And i prove sri lankan team attack thing.

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Truth Speaker said...

Refute this:
‘RAW very active against Pakistan’

India Help Terrorist For Suicide Bombing, AAJ TV

RAW RAW rocks the boat

Three ‘Indian agents’ arrested

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Dr_Roh said...

The difference between a Madrassa educated Simians like you and me is that I used International news sources, like CNN, BBC, not conspiracy theories from newspapers in your FAILED STATE.

Your last Military Dictator, Musharaff, told the Washington Post that the Indian Govt kidnapped Pearl in Karachi.


Your own Government admitted that Paki ANIMALS attacked Mumbai, after first denying it.



At 10:52 AM, Blogger Truth Speaker said...

@Dr_Roh: first of all u FAILED to refute what i posted, and u fool, i posted even SRI LANKAN newspaper which shows rich history of ur RAW’s terrorism in SRI LANKA. & Just google out few FACTS about INDIA : Everything that I gonna say has proves just search them: India has largest number of hungry people, Nearly 50 percent of the world's hungry live in India, In booming India, hunger kills 6,000 kids daily, India has the largest number of poor people in the world, India has largest number of illiterates: Study, India has the largest number of working children in the world, India has the largest number of TB sufferers & aids patients in the world etc etc etc Do u want more?
& u FAILED to prove Pak. Gov. or ISI's involment in Mumbai terror attacks, whereas i proved RAW's terrorism. SHAME ON U


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