Terrorist Attacks on Sri Lanka Cricket Player in Lahore 2009 March 3rd; Sri Lankan Cricket Team was Attacked by the Militants

Terrorist Attacks on Sri Lanka Cricket Player in Lahore 2009 March 3rd; Sri Lankan Cricket Team was Attacked by the Militants

Tuesday 03, Lahore: The Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by the militants in Lahore on March 3, 2009.


The Sri Lankan Cricket Team traveled in a bus to go to Gadafi Stadium for the day 3rd, in Second Test. There are 12 militants attacked on the bus with the guns, rocket launchers and grenades. The militants was wore the masks on their faces. They were traveled in rickshaws to that point. They threw the grenades on the bus. The front part of the bus was damaged. The incident happened near Gadafi Stadium in Pakistan since that morning.

The driver Khalil Ahmed is carrying the bus of the Sri Lankan team. They reached the city's Liberty Roundabout when he drove the bus slowly. Just then a rocket was attacked by the militants on the bus, but it is missed. Immediately, a militant has thrown the grenade, but it is failed. And afterwards, the vehicles were explosion at, before Mr. Ahmed was driven off at top speed of the bus.

At least 8 members of the Sri Lankan Team were injured, 6 policemen and 2 citizens were died. The Sri Lankan Cricketers Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Ajantha Mendis, Mahela Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas and Taranga Paranavitana injured to bullet wounds. The Sri Lankan Team Manager Brendon Kuruppu, the Assistant Coach Paul Farbrace (England) were also injured in the incident.

 
Umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis both were safe in this incident. And the match referee Chris Broad was also safe. The reserve umpire Ahsan Raza’s condition is critical in this incident.

The Pakistan Prime Minister Asif Ali Jardari is called for inquiry for the incident. He thinks that it is ‘security failure’ caused for the attack.

The Tourney was cancelled and the Sri Lankan Cricket Team will return to home. The Sri Lankan President, Mahindra Rajapakse arranged a flight for the Sri Lankan Team from Pakistan.