It was a birthday party for the Prophet Mo at a mosque in Sri Lanka. Those Muslims sure know how to throw a party, don't they? Makes the American tradition of the old birthday cake and all the jokes about calling the fire department because of all the birthday candles seem pretty tame, doesn't it?
"Happy Birthday to Mo, happy birthday to..."
Fourteen were killed, many more were injured and the Religion of Peace strikes again.
"The security agencies conducted raids at several places after identifying Aqil, who has links to a banned militant group.
However, the name of the group was not revealed. Though Aqil, who
hails from Kahuta, managed to escape, his accomplice Talat was
captured, Geo News channel quoted sources as saying. Talat and Aqil had
been living a in flat near the Liberty traffic roundabout..."
A man suspected of masterminding the
attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan last week fled
before police raided his home in Punjab today, The Times of
Mohammed Aqeel fled his home in the Khauta district in
Pakistan’s Punjab province before an early-morning raid that
captured an associate identified as Talat, the newspaper
reported, citing police and unidentified security officials.
Aqeel, a member of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Sunni militant
group, is accused of organizing the attack on the Sri Lankan
cricket team in Lahore last week that killed eight people and
injured seven, the newspaper said.
Police have detained more than two dozen suspects in the
attack in raids in Punjab, most of whom belonged to Lashkar-e-
Jhangvi or another militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, the
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And there's still deceptive spinning all over the place when it comes to Pakistan and the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.
Attack on SL team: 5 arrested from different cities (48 hour rule in effect on this one, possums). The intelligence agencies investigating into the recent attack on the
Sri Lankan team, has arrested from different cities 5 people including
2 who were allegedly involved in taking active part in the attacks. According to sources, the arrested had been staying in Lahore where they were receving help from different cities. ... The
evidence collected during initial investigation into the incident
indicates involvement of Indian spy agency RAW, source said. The report regarding arrest of the terrorists is likely to be made public in the next 18 hours.
The blame game is going full tilt. Nawaz blames PPP for security lapses in 3/3 cricket team attack. Leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday the security, escorting Sri Lankan players, failed to protect guests amid Lahore attacks as the government was bent upon derailing PML (N) government in Punjab adding, “This incident could have been avoided if PPP would be sincere to our government in Punjab.”
In an interview to a US magazine Sharif charged the Sri Lankan cricket team ambush shows the security system has collapsed in Pakistan since the government took office a year ago.
The fallout from Tuesday's attack is adding to political problems facing the shaky government just as US wants it to stay focused on the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban.
Sri Lanka is distancing itself from claims of Indian involvement but doesn't rule out the possibility of LTTE involvement. "Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, who visited Pakistan
yesterday to discuss the progress in the probe into the audacious gun
and grenade attack, brushed aside several questions on alleged Indian
links to the incident during two interactions with the media. Bogollagama told reporters that India is backing Sri Lanka's
counter-terrorism actions and Colombo had been "able to succeed on many
fronts due to this support". Sri Lanka appreciates India's support in this regard, he said as he
swept aside queries on New Delhi's "hegemonic" designs and on Indian
intelligence agencies allegedly being linked to the attack on the
Meanwhile members of the team are recuperating in hospital. "Two
Sri Lankan cricketers injured during a gun and grenade
attack in Pakistan were recovering Thursday after surgery,
with the rest of those hurt likely be back in action in a
few weeks, a doctor said."
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has lodged a formal a protest with the
International Cricket Council (ICC) over remarks made by match referee Chris
Broad after the terrorist attacks in Lahore.
Broad accused the Pakistani authorities of leaving players and match officials
as “sitting ducks”, as masked gunmen killed eight Pakistanis, including the
driver of Mr Broad’s minibus and six policemen, and injured six Sri Lankan
players and a British assistant coach.
"It's unfortunate that a gentleman of such a stature is saying such a
thing," Ejaz Butt, the PCBchairman, said. "There is not a single
bit of truth in his statements."
In Ejaz Butt's mind 8 dead policemen and 6 injured cricketers equals an 'unfortunate incident'. Meanwhile Bangladesh has cancelled next week's home stand against Pakistan. Can you blame them?
Update: Perhaps Mr. Butt should review his facts before issuing complaints and getting all offended by THE TRUTH...
Pakistan came under new criticism about its security forces Thursday
as dramatic footage emerged of the cricket attackers making a leisurely
getaway from the scene of their deadly assault. The images of the
gunmen calmly walking off, without police or security forces chasing
them, will add to speculation swirling around Tuesday's brazen daytime
attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team that left eight people dead.
The new footage, captured by
closed-circuit cameras, showed two suspects wearing rucksacks and
ambling down the road, apparently untroubled after the carnage took
place. They then jump on motorbikes and speed off.
<---Photofits of some of the suspected gunmen. Still on the loose
(Editor's note: I wrote a huge post on the Sri Lanka Cricket team attack in Pakistan last night, but in keeping with my technical tradition it vanished into the ether without a trace. I pick up the thread today.)
Officials claim they were sitting ducks.
And why was the Pakistani bus's departure delayed when it had traveled in tandem with the Sri Lankan bus on previous trips?
And did you know the name of the stadium they were going to? Gaddafi.
“When we were in the van we were not aware of what was going on
outside. After the incident, when we were able to watch the television
pictures, we could quite clearly see the white van we were in next to
the white ambulance in the middle of the roundabout, with terrorists
shooting past the van and sometimes into the van and not a sign of a
policeman anywhere. They had clearly gone and left the scene and left
us as sitting ducks. I am extremely angry. Questions need to be asked
of Pakistani security — it wasn’t there when we needed it. It was
Mr Broad asked why the Pakistani team bus was
delayed. “On the first two days (of the Test) both buses left at the
same time with escorts,” he said. “On this particular day the Pakistan
bus left five minutes after the Sri Lankan bus. Why?” His remarks are
embarrassing for Pakistan’s Government, which has said that its
security arrangements were sufficient for such an event. Ijaz Butt, the
chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said: “How can he say that when
six policemen died in the attack? I will talk to him tomorrow and then
give my full reaction.”
More from the gang who couldn't shoot straight...
Mehar Mohammed Khalil, the driver of the Sri Lankan team bus, said
that he was happy with the security, which included a police escort of
four vans, each carrying six armed officers, and four police outriders
He could not understand, however, why at least
24 armed officers had been unable to hit even one of the attackers
during the 15-minute shoot- out. “I thought it was very strange that
the bullets fired by the elite police didn’t hit the attackers.”
Broad said that there were armed police lining the route between the
teams’ hotel and Gaddafi stadium. “How did the terrorists come to the
roundabout and these guys not do anything about it? There were plenty
of police there,” he said.
Some players in the team have confirmed that a policeman on duty at the
team hotel has been missing since the attack on the Lankan cricket
team, in which six players and an official were wounded.
were supposed to leave the hotel for the stadium around 8.35 am, five
minutes after the Sri Lankans left, but this policeman kept on delaying
our departure for another few crucial minutes," a player said.
said the team's liaison officer had to finally ask the policeman to
allow the team bus to proceed to the stadium, as they were getting late
for preparations for the day's play.
Was it the missing policeman or an anonymous call luring the Sri Lanka team into an ambush? Like pretty much everything coming out of the region - the 48 hour rule applies.
A last-minute call by an unidentified person led the city police to
change the route of the bus taking the Sri Lankan cricket team to
Gaddafi stadium here, a media report said on Wednesday. An unknown
caller asked the police to use the Gulberg route leading to the stadium
instead of travelling along Ferozpur road as decided, The News
daily quoted Interior Ministry sources as saying. Police followed the
caller’s instructions without ascertaining his identity, the report
said. This led to the police falling into a “trap”, the sources said.
The driver of the cricket team’s bus told investigators that the
terrorists were locals and had spoken in a Punjabi accent, The News reported.
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