Pakistan offers reward for cricket attackers
Pakistan on Wednesday offered a reward of 125,000 dollars for information about the militants behind a deadly ambush directed against Sri Lanka's cricket team.Updated: Mar 04, 2009, 11:45 IST
Pakistan on Wednesday offered a reward of 125,000 dollars for information about the militants behind a deadly ambush directed against Sri Lanka's cricket team.
"The government of Punjab will give a cash prize of 10 million rupees (125,000 dollars) to anyone providing authentic information about the accused persons or their accomplices," said the Punjab government in an advertisement.
"Assist us in identifying the terrorists who fired at the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore," said the advertisement carried in the national press.
The advertisement carries four photo grabs taken from CCTV footage, declaring that "the dignity of the country has been hurt" by the firing on the Sri Lankan national squad.
The government said the identities of the people providing information would be kept confidential.
Pakistani forces were Wednesday scouring the cosmopolitan eastern city for a second day -- searching for up to 12 attackers behind the brazen assault that left eight dead and wounded eight of the touring party.
The militants, who appeared young and well-trained, attacked the Sri Lankan convoy with rockets, grenades and automatic weapons on Tuesday, and then traded fire with security forces before fleeing in stolen cars.
Six Pakistani policemen guarding the team and two civilians were killed. Pakistani officials said five people were being interrogated, but there was no immediate public announcement of any leads.