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Sri Lankan Cricket Team Attacked in Pakistan

At least a dozen unidentified gunmen armed with rifles, grenades and rocket launchers attacked Sri Lanka's cricket team in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Tuesday.

Sri Lankan cricketers are evacuated after attack on their team in Lahore

Sri Lankan cricketers are evacuated after attack on their team in Lahore

The attack came as the team’s bus was heading towards the Gaddafi stadium under police escort. Six police officers and two civilians were killed. At least six of the cricketers and their coach sustained minor injuries.

The Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the attack and conveyed their apologies to the Sri Lankan people and their government for the harm caused to the cricket players.

The Sri Lankan team was in Pakistan as part of a scheduled tour. It had been the only international team willing to tour Pakistan amid rising security concerns.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa cut short a three-day official visit to Nepal because of the incident which he said was a "cowardly terrorist attack".

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