Overzealous sports fans? Not likely. “Sri Lanka Cricketers Attacked, Five Police Killed (Update2),” by Khalid Qayum and Farhan Sharif for Bloomberg, March 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):
March 3 (Bloomberg) — At least five policemen were killed and six cricket players injured in a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s national team in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore.
A group of 12 gunmen carrying rocket launchers and grenades targeted the team bus about 500 yards from Gaddafi stadium, where Sri Lanka was due to face Pakistan today, Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab, told reporters. Two players were shot, though none of the cricketers was seriously hurt, Lahore Police Chief Habib-ur-Rahman said.
“These were trained killers who were well armed with heavy weapons,” Taseer said in Lahore, the Punjabi capital. “Police commandos have sealed the area and will kill or capture the terrorists.”
Sri Lanka, which has called off the rest of its cricket tour, had only agreed to play in Pakistan after India pulled out of a series for security reasons following the Mumbai attacks in November. The attack is the biggest targeting foreigners since 53 people were killed by a bomb that shattered the Marriott hotel in Islamabad last September….