Lahore/Colombo: Five escorting security personnel were killed and at least six Sri Lankan cricketers injured Tuesday when heavily armed gunmen attacked the team cavalcade when it was on its way to the Gaddafi Stadium in the Pakistani city of Lahore for the ongoing Test.
Sri Lanka called off the tour and immediately recalled its team after the attack, which Punjab Governor Salman Taseer said was the handiwork of the same terrorists who struck in Mumbai in November last year.
`It was a planned terrorist act on the pattern of the attack on Mumbai. I believe the same terrorists are involved in both the incidents,` Taseer told reporters.
Image: The Sri Lankan cricket team bus is seen in Lahore, Pakistan Tuesday, March 3, 2009 in this TV grab. A dozen masked gunmen armed with rifles and rocket launchers attacked a vehicle carrying members of Sri Lanka`s national cricket team Tuesday, wounding at least two players and killing five police officers, officials said. (Copyright AP. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited).