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By Imran Schah
LAHORE- Unknown assailants opened fire on Sri Lanka's cricket team in Lahore today, killing six security personnel and injuring several players.
The Sri Lankan cricket team was touring Pakistan and on their second game when the assailants opened fire on their bus as they left Gaddafi Stadium today.
Five Sri Lankan players were injured and six security personnel killed in the assault. All were transported to the hospitals, according to media.
The terrorists came from three directions and attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team's convoy near the stadium. The attack took place in Gulberg, an upscale, commercial area in Lahore, as the Sri Lankan cricket team was en route to the Gaddafi Stadium.
Lahore Capital City Police Officer Haji Habib-ur-Rehman said it was a planned attack and that the terrorists looked well-trained upon review of the incident footage. The Lahore police have begun search operations throughout the city.
The Pakistan Cricket Board, PCB, has officially canceled the Sri Lankan tour of Pakistan, according to the media.
Punjab Governor Salman Taseer compared the events to the Mumbai attacks. The Pakistani President and Prime Minster condemned the attacks and called them an act of cowardice.
After the attacks, two Pakistan army helicopters airlifted the Sri Lankan cricket team to Lahore Airport to return them to Sri Lanka.
Injured Sri Lankan player Samaraveera was not stable enough to travel, and his flight has been delayed until this evening.