x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

President and ICC condemn attack

Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse and the ICC have condemned the attack against the country's national cricket squad in Pakistan.

Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse has condemned the attack against the country's national cricket squad in Pakistan. "I condemn this cowardly terrorist attack targeting the Sri Lankan cricket team," Mr Rajapakse said in a message sent from Nepal, where he is on an official visit. "The Sri Lankan players had gone to Pakistan as ambassadors of goodwill." The president did not say who he believed was behind the attack.

Sri Lanka's government is currently engaged in a major offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels in the northeast of the island. Also, the head of the International Cricket Council has condemned the attack on Sri Lanka's national cricket team in Pakistan. Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, said today's attack was a "source of great sadness" and is "upsetting for the wider cricket family". Mr Lorgat said in a statement from the ICC's headquarters in Dubai that the remainder of the tour has been cancelled and the Pakistan Cricket Board is working with Sri Lanka Cricket to fly the players home. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has rushed foreign minister Rohitha Bogollegama to Pakistan in response to the attacks. *AFP