Friday, March 20, 2009

Security lapses blamed for attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, March 20 (Xinhua) -- An investigation report has shown that the security lapses are to blame for the attack on Sri Lankan cricket teams in eastern Pakistan, local media reported on Friday.
"Some foreign countries were involved in the attack," said the English-language Dawn newspaper, adding that Advisor on Interior Rehman Malik had presented the 40-point report to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
The report said a "complete security lapse" gave the 12 terrorists a free hand to carry out their mission as police did not reach the scene for at least half an hour.
"The attack had been planned and financed by some foreign countries and militants fighting in South Waziristan (tribal agency) might have been used by the perpetrators," the newspaper quoted sources as saying.
At least seven people, including five policemen, were killed and 19 others, including seven Sri Lankan cricket players, were injured in the terrorist attack in eastern Pakistan's city of Lahore on March 3.
The police have so far failed to arrest any of the attackers. Only five people who had allegedly helped the terrorists were detained, reports said.

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