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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 March, 2009, 12:00am


Eight people were killed in an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team as they prepared to play in Lahore, Pakistan. Eight members of the team were also injured when gunmen attacked the team's buses as they headed to play the host nation's team.


The victims were Pakistani police and the driver of one of the buses. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet, although some are speculating the involvement of either Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group India blames for the Mumbai incident, or Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers.


Tuesday's attack came three months after the terror attacks in Mumbai, India, that killed at least 165 people.


Pakistan shares a border with Afghanistan - that area is troubled and dangerous. But Tuesday's attack worsened fears that Pakistan has dangers in its own right.


The reason for the attack is unclear. Cricket is generally considered an uncontroversial sport, and Pakistan is said to have good relations with Sri Lanka.


How have people reacted? The head of Pakistan's Interior Ministry, Rehman Malik, said the country was 'in a state of war'.

Sri Lanka's cricket administrators have been criticised for sending the team to the troubled country when teams from India and Australia pulled out because of concerns of terror attacks.

English cricket legends expressed their shock in national newspapers. The tragedy proved, in former England skipper Nasser Hussain's words, that 'anyone can be targeted'.



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