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Terrorists Attack Foreign Athletic Team in Pakistan
Attacks Continue as Islamabad Makes it Crystal Clear that Terrorism Pays
Yesterday in the broad daylight of mid-morning, a dozen masked terrorists carried out an attack on a police-escorted convoy carrying Sri Lanka’s national cricket team to the stadium in Lahore, where they were to compete against Pakistan (Note: Click here for map of region showing Sri Lanka’s location).
Six players were wounded, and five members of their police escort, which included “several” vehicles filled with regular police as well as “commandos,” were killed, according to VOA. Other reports have four Sri Lankan athletes and a coach wounded.
The coordinated ambush began when the attackers fired into the three lead police vehicles, disabling the convoy and turning the rest of the vehicles and their occupants into sitting ducks. The initial salvo was followed by an unsuccessful rocket launcher attack on the bus, which was followed with a hand grenade that missed its target and by small arms fire.
A portion of the attack was filmed by a Pakistani television network from a relatively safe distance. A still from that footage is below.
The Sri Lankan team was touring Pakistan as a replacement for India, which canceled scheduled matches in the terror-ridden country after the Mumbai attacks last fall, which evidence has shown were planned in, and executed from, Pakistani soil.
Four arrests were made by Pakistan police in conjunction with the attacks, which followed a Sri Lankan request for tighter security around the team. Police also reported recovering a “huge cache of weapons” from the site of the arrests.
Further, “Pakistan authorities [also] defused two car bombs and recover a stash of weapons in Lahore,” according to reports.
Though no group has yet taken credit for the attack, it follows shortly after Islamabad’s peace treaty with Taliban in the massive northwestern Malakand Division demonstrated once again that terrorism in the Islamic state had the potential to pay huge dividends for the perpetrators.