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Attack on Lankan team worst kind of terror: Separatists

india Updated: Mar 03, 2009 19:41 IST
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Separatists on Tuesday condemned the brazen attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore as "the worst kind of terrorism" and demanded a probe into the shooting by an international body.

Leader of both factions of the Hurriyat Conference and other outfits, in separate statements, said they were anguished over the terror strike, which should be outrightly condemned.

Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani termed the attack as "the worst kind of terrorism" and said there appeared to be a "well planned conspiracy to defame and disintegrate Pakistan."

The chairman of the hardline faction of the conglomerate demanded a probe by an international body into the attack.

He, however, slammed ruling party leaders in Pakistan saying "at a time when the country is cornered from all sides by its enemies, they are engaged in settling scores."

The moderate faction of the Hurriyat, led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, said the attack was the handiwork of the enemies of Pakistan and was aimed at "undermining its sovereignty".

Separatist leader Javed Ahmad Mir and others termed the attack as "inhuman and dastardly" and expressed solidarity with the injured players.

Six Lankan cricketers and their assistant coach were injured while security guards, escorting the team, were among eight killed in the audacious terror strike, forcing Colombo to call off the tour.