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Lahore attacks: Search for suspects continues

Posted by vmsalama on March 4, 2009

Pakistan is coming under attack for failing to arrest the suspects responsible for yesterday’s deadly attacks on the convoy carrying Sri Lanka’s national cricket team to the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore.  Pakistan’s former Interior Minister and member of President Asif Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party told the New York Times “This happened in the heart of Lahore, the cultural capital of the country. None of the attackers were shot or caught, and they were coming to the scene with big bags. That’s absurd.” Meanwhile, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, headed by Nawaz Sharif, has accused the government of putting politics before security.  The following are a few reports I did today:

TV-New Zealand Report


Photo by Vivian Salama

photo by Vivian Salama

Vivian Salama, The National

LAHORE // By morning rush hour yesterday, the scene of Tuesday’s commando-style attacks on the Sri Lankan national cricket team had been transformed into a mass shrine.

“Long live the traffic warden!” the crowd chanted between recited prayers, many laying flowers only a few metres from where he was fatally shot.

The victims, identified by Pakistani authorities as elite force officers Tipu Sultan, Mudassar Kumboh, Faisal Butt, Sultan Farid and “Mahmoud”, as well Iqbal and one of the team’s drivers, Zafar Khan, were killed when 12 heavily armed gunmen ambushed a convoy carrying Sri Lankan players and coaches to Lahore’s Qadafi Stadium. None of the cricketers suffered serious injury.

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