PAKISTAN INVESTIGATORS ARRIVE IN SRI LANKA TO PROBE WHETHER THERE WAS ANY LTTE CONNECTION WITH ATTACK ON THE CRICKETERS
Posted on October 8th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana

A Pakistani team of investigators arrived in Sri Lanka to probe whether the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was linked with terrorist elements in Pakistan in the Lahore attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.

The Pakistan team is expected to review the probe on the same subject conducted by Sri Lankan military intelligence.

At least six security personnel were killed and eight members of Sri Lanka cricket team were hurt in an attack last March when gun men opened fire on the team’s bus near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore , Pakistan. The Sri Lankan team were travelling to play a test match with the Pakistan team when the shooting occurred.

The Pakistan investigators will be engaged in their work for two weeks, but agency reports said their stay could be extended beyond that.

Cricketers Tharanga Paranavitana, 26, was hit in the chest while Thilan Samaraweera, 32, suffered a leg injury by the bullets,when their convoy was attacked by at least 12 gunmen.

Six more players — team captain Sangakkara, Chaminda Vaas, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Thilan Thushara and Mahela Jayawardene — and assistant coach Paul Fabrece were hurt by glass shrapnel.

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