FACTBOX-Quotes on attack on Sri Lanka cricket team

Tue Mar 3, 2009 2:26pm IST

(For full coverage of the attack, click on [IDn:SP478024])

March 3 (Reuters) - Six Sri Lankan cricketers and their British assistant coach were wounded when gunmen attacked their bus as it drove under police escort on Tuesday to a stadium in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Following are a selection of quotes on the attack from witnesses, politicians, cricket authorities and former players:

NADEEM GHOURI, PAKISTANI UMPIRE

"It was horrifying. They were bullets flying around us and we didn't know what was happening. When the firing started we all went down on the floor of the coach. Our driver was killed instantly from a shot from the front."

MOHAMMAD LUQMAN, WITNESS

"I saw them from the window of my office firing at the police escort first. When the police dispersed after the shooting, they started firing at the bus of Sri Lankan team."

JAVED MIANDAD, FORMER PAKISTAN CAPTAIN

"It is so sad all this carnage and terror. What is worse is that all the fears expressed by foreign teams about coming to Pakistan have been proved correct. Pakistan cricket will take a long time to recover now."

INZAMAM-UL-HAQ, FORMER PAKISTAN CAPTAIN

"What is sad that the Sri Lankans supported us and came to Pakistan and this is the price they have paid for their friendship with us."

BRENDAN KURRUPU, SRI LANKA TEAM MANAGER

"We are going back today but it is a sad day for cricket. I feel for Pakistan cricket."

PALANIAPPAN CHIDAMBARAM, INDIAN HOME MINISTER

"It is quite clear that the security of the Sri Lankan team was hopelessly inadequate. We condemn the incident."

INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY STATEMENT

"Terrorism based in Pakistan is a grave threat to the entire world. It is in Pakistan's own interest to take prompt, meaningful and decisive steps to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure once and for all."

SALMAN TASEER, PUNJAB PROVINCE GOVERNOR

"I want to say it's the same pattern, the same terrorists who attacked Mumbai. They are trained criminals. They were not common people. The kind of weaponry they had, the kind of arms they had, the way they attacked ... they were not common citizens, they were obviously trained."

HAROON LORGAT, INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL CHIEF EXECUTIVE

"We note with dismay and regret the events of this morning in Lahore and we condemn this attack without reservation." (Compiled by Asia Desk)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Popularity Poll

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Record Highs

Record Highs

Nifty touches record high; software stocks gain.  Full Article 

New Adviser

New Adviser

Arvind Subramanian likely to be chief econ adviser.  Full Article 

Pricing Mechanism

Pricing Mechanism

Govt sets up a four-member panel to re-examine gas pricing.  Full Article 

Royalty Rates

Royalty Rates

India to hike iron ore royalty, miners may struggle to pass on extra cost.  Full Article 

Commodities

Commodities

Gold near two-month low; set for weekly drop on interest rate fears  Full Article 

Reuters Exclusive

Reuters Exclusive

Apple iPhone 6 screen snag leaves supply chain scrambling   Full Article 

Helping Regional Mills

Helping Regional Mills

Govt raises sugar import duty to 25 pct from 15 pct.  Full Article 

Curbing Risks

Curbing Risks

RBI to lower ceiling on bank loans to a single corporate group.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage