Eight dead in Pakistan as Sri Lankan cricket team attacked.
From The Times
Gunmen have opened fire on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan, killing eight people and injuring at least five cricketers.
The gunmen opened fire as the team travelled from their hotel to a cricket stadium in Lahore. They ambushed the team's convoy at a traffic circle close to the main sports stadium in the eastern city of Lahore ahead of a test match against Pakistan's national team, triggering a 15-minute gunbattle with police guarding the vehicles.
Six policemen and two civilians died in the attack, said police chief Haji Habibur Rehman. He described the attacks as the work of "well-trained terrorists".
Sri Lankan team manager Brendon Kruppu confirmed the incident and said batsman Kumar Sangakkara, was among the injured who were being treated by the team doctor.
The team's captain Mahela Jayawardena was slightly wounded in the foot, his father told a local television station after speaking with him by telephone.
Local television has shown pictures of gunmen wearing backpacks opening fire on the team bus and police, but no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Australian freelance cameraman Tony Bennett who was at the cricket grounds told Australia's ABC news: "We heard a bomb go off, rapids rounds of machine gun fire outside the ground, small arms fire.
"Next thing we knew, the Sri Lankan team bus rolls up being sprayed by bullets."
Posted on 03/03/2009 1:23 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax