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2009 Terror attacks on Sri Lankan Cricket Team


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At least 8 Sri Lankan cricket players are reported to have been injured when armed gunmen attacked the bus when the players are on their way to the Gaddafi stadium. Mahela Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana amongst injured. The injured players are rushed to the hospital. They survived with minor injuries. The driver of the bus is injured. Six policemen are reported to have been killed in the incident. The Second Test match is not put on doubt. About 10 to 12 gumen are believed to have been involved in the incident. They are believed to have come to the scene in an autorickshaw. Sri Lankan Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge confirmed about the attack and said that the 5 players and a coach have suffered minor injuries. It may be recalled the Indian and the Australian Cricket teams have declined to play in Pakistan> in the recent past citing security reasons.

Because of the attack, the ICC has expressed serious doubts and is unlikely to co-host 2011 World Cup Cricket. Security experts expressed doubts as to why terrorists are using sports are a tempting target.

Reports suggest that England may host the 2010 Pakistan Australia Test Series.

On March 4, 2009, Police confirmed interrogating up to 30 suspects but denied reports of arresting four commando-style gunmen.

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