Sri Lankan Cricketers Attacked by Gunmen

Posted on March 3, 2009
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In this still-developing story, unknown gunmen opened fire on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus near Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore leaving several security officials dead and several Sri Lankan cricketers were rushed to the hospital.

The News is reporting at least 5 security officials dead while The Times reports that as many as 8 Sri Lankan crickets might have been injured. However, latest reports point out that the injuries to the players are minor, although the shock is deep.

According to an earlier report from the Associated Press:

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — 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.

The attack in Lahore came at a time of unrest in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, both of whom are trying to defeat insurgencies. It was unclear who was behind the assault, but it appeared to have been carefully coordinated. City police chief Haji Habibur Rehman said five policemen died in the shooting and that two players were wounded. A Pakistan Cricket Board security official had earlier said eight players were wounded.

“It was a terrorist attack and the terrorists used rocket launchers, hand grenades and other weapons,” Rehman said, adding that the police were hunting down the attackers who managed to flee. “Our police sacrificed their lives to protect the Sri Lankan team.”
He said one wounded player was hit in the leg while the other received a bullet in the chest.
Sri Lankan team manager Brendon Kruppu said the team’s batsman, Kumar Sangakkara, was among those injured near Gaddafi Stadium ahead of a game. Rehman said 12 masked gunmen participated in the attack. Footage from the scene Tuesday showed the team’s white van with its front window shattered as security officials tried to gain control of the scene in an intersection.
Security concerns have plagued Pakistan for years and some foreign sports teams have refused to play here.

Most of the violence in Pakistan occurs in its northwest regions bordering Afghanistan, where Taliban and al-Qaida militants have established strongholds. Lahore has not been immune from militant violence however, and at least one attack in recent months in the northwest has occurred next to a sports stadium. Sri Lanka appeared on the brink of crushing the Tamil Tiger rebels after more than a quarter century of civil war.

In recent months, government forces have pushed the guerrillas out of much of the de facto state they controlled in the north of the Indian Ocean island nation and trapped them in a small patch of land along the coast. The rebels, who are fighting for an independent state for Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority, are listed as a terror group by the U.S. and EU and are routinely blamed for suicide bombings and other attacks targeting civilians.

The rebels rarely launch attacks outside Sri Lanka, though their most prominent attack — the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by a female suicide bomber — took place at an election rally in India in 1991.

As reader Eidee Man wrote in his comment elsewhere on thsi blog (in alerting us to this news): “Everything is officially going to hell.”

223 responses to “Sri Lankan Cricketers Attacked by Gunmen”

  1. samir sardana says:

    What are these Sri Lankans ? dindooohindoo

    Case 1

    Their great Warrior King is a man called Ravana !

    He kidnapped and thumped Seeta,an Indan Whore – wife of Limpdick Rama !

    Every year 100 crore Hindoos celebrate the killing of Ravana by Limpdick Rama – BY BURNING THE EFFIGY
    OF RAVANA.There is no religion in the world where a dead man is burnt everay year for 2000 years
    by 100 crore Indian Dogs !

    Still these Sri Lankan Niggers treat the Indian Niggers as ALLIES AND STRATEGIC PARTNERS

    Case 2

    2000 years ago,the Hindoo Vermin xterminated the Boodhests ! King Ashoka sent his kids to Sree Lanka with
    a sappling of the Original Bodhee Tree !

    The Boodhee tree in the land of the Indian Niggers was uprooted,burnt and destroyed several times

    Still these Sri Lankan Niggers treat the the Indian Niggers as ALLIES AND STRATEGIC PARTNERS

    Case 3

    Around 1500 years ago the Hindoos corrupted Boddheeesm with Hindoo Practices and nonsense and it was called
    Theravada Boodheesm which spread to East Asia and Sree Lanka !

    All East Asian which followed Theravada are doomed ! It is actually a Hindoo Curse !

    Viet – Viet war – 6 million Niggers killed
    Campochee Niggers – Pol Pot – 5 million niggers killed and a nation raped and pillaged by the Viets and
    Thai
    Kiki Laos – 3 million killed in viet war, Pathet lao and raped by the Thais again and again
    Mynamar – See the srate of Affairs !

    Only exception is Thailand – which will be doomed the day the monarchy is gone as it is not 1 race.The
    elite are Hans (Thakisn and Sister),The Military is Thai (which is South Chinese), the Farners are
    Poor South Tibetans and Indian Dogs = Recipe for Doom

    Still the Sree Lankan Nkiggers treat the the Indian Niggers as ALLIES AND STRATEGIC PARTNERS

    Case 4

    RAW – the Indian Dogs (Mossad wannabe) destroyed Sree Lanka 20 years ago !

    Still the Sree Lankan Nkiggers treat the the Indian Niggers as ALLIES AND STRATEGIC PARTNERS

    Case 5

    As per the Hadeeth, Adam was sent to Sree Lanka !

    But these Sree Lankan Niggers have a complex and trace their lineage to North Indians !

    They are a superior race but want to link themselves, to Indian Dogs

    Case 6

    So long as the Sree Lankans were a Chinese ally they thrived and prospered.It was Chinese RT and
    Pakistani Pilots which destroyed the Tamil Toilet cleaners.

    Chinese = Mahayana Boodhests ! Japan/Korea/Taiwan/DPRK/China/Mongolia = all Mahayana = all super
    successful !

    Y ? Mahayana Boodheem is the Purest Boodheesm which evolved and thrived in North East Asia – due to Mongol
    principles of evolution !

    The Hindoo Dogs Fucked Boodheesm into Theravava Boodheessm and rest is history !

    Inspite of that these Sree Lankan Niggers shifted to the Indian Niggers as a Strategic Partner
    and Ally – and doom has started again !

    Case 7

    This attack — was planned and executed by Indian Dogs = RAW (Mossad wannabe).They tipped off the Lankans
    and there is no owner of the attack to date – AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ONE !

    Point is = Do the Lankans deserve it ?

    Of Course !

    Jesus said that he came for the Jews and not for the Gentiles.Indians etc., are not Gentiles – they are
    worse ! Jesus is not for South Asians and East Asians !

    So said Judas Thomas !

    According to the “apocryphal Acts of St. Thomas” , the apostles drew lots and the Apostle Judas Thomas, who was a carpenter, got India. When Jesus appeared to him, in a vision that night,Thomas said, “Whither soever Thou wilt, our Lord, send me; only to India I will not go.

    Now the Sri Lankans want to use the Indian Kung Fu experts – for security !

  2. Krishna says:

    Sri Lankan cricket team captain Kumar Sangakara thanked Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and The Art of Living for helping the Sri Lankan cricket team to come out of trauma after the Lahore attack
    http://goo.gl/aiZom

  3. Jamshed says:

    It was indeed a black day.Mercifully,the Sri Lankans stayed alive.The bigger tragedy was all those policemen losing their lives.The terrorists got away with it.The cricket board absolved itself of responsibility after insisting that “head of state level” security would be provided.International cricket came to an end in Pakistan for the foreseeable future.That day raised so many questions,many of which have still not been answered.

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