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Lanka hopes Lahore attackers will be brought to book

Sri Lankan Govt has expressed the hope that the perpetrators of the audacious gun and grenade attack on its cricket team in Lahore would be brought to justice “sooner than later”.

world Updated: Mar 07, 2009 16:21 IST

Sri Lankan government has expressed the hope that the perpetrators of the audacious gun and grenade attack on its cricket team in the Pakistani city of Lahore would be brought to justice “sooner than later”.

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, who recently visited Pakistan as a special envoy of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the wake of the attack, said he was “pleased” with the assurances given by the authorities in Islamabad on investigation into the matter.

“We had discussions with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi,” Bogollagama said after his arrival in Colombo on Thursday night.

“During the talks it was revealed that the attack against the national cricket team of Sri Lanka came from a terror group. The investigation is currently underway and the perpetrators will be brought to book sooner than later,” he said.

The Tuesday attack had left seven Sri Lankan cricketers and an assistant coach injured and eight people dead, six of them policemen.