Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sri Lankan Cricketers Attacked in Pakistan
In Lahore, Pakistan this morning gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka Cricket team's bus in route to the stadium. Killing 8 and wounding 7, including several police who rushed in half way through the attack and dispersed the gunmen. The attackers had fired a missile which missed the bus. Then, had thrown grenades under the bus, which failed to go off. 2 civilians and six police were killed in the attack. Many others were injured by flying objects. Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse called this a "cowardly terrorist attack," and is sending his foreign minister to Pakistan in a rush. This is the first attack on a sports team in the nuclear armed country. The team was flown home immediately on 2 air force helicopters. There has been no claim for responsibility of the attack, but fears are Islamic militants linked to Al Queda may be to blame.