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Attack on Sri Lanka team resembles Mumbai strikes: Pakistan authorities


Lahore, Pakistan : The daring attack carried out by “trained terrorists” against the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore on Tuesday bore the hallmarks of the tactics used in the Mumbai terror strike, according to Pakistani authorities.

“The attack resembles the Mumbai attacks,” the chief of police in Punjab province Khaled Farooq told reporters here on Tuesday, as the Lahore attack brought back memories of 26/11 though of not that scale and magnitude. Eight people, most of them policemen, were killed in today’s attack while the Mumbai strike claimed 183 lives.

Lahore police chief Habib-ur Rehman and Punjab Governor Salman Taseer also shared Farooq’s assessment saying the incident was similar to Mumbai attacks on November 26 last.

“I want to say it’s the same pattern, the same terrorists who attacked Mumbai,” Taseer said. Pakistan-based elements including Lashkar-e-Toiba(LeT) have been blamed for the 26/11.

“That was also a commando action and this is also a commando operation,” Farooq said when asked how the attack was similar to Mumbai.

“They were trained terrorists and they attacked in a planned manner…. The attackers looked like Pashtuns,” said Farooq.

Khusro Pervez, commissioner of Lahore, said, “It appears that the attackers were fully trained and they used lethal and sophisticated weapons,” said.

Information Minister Sherry Rehman said the terrorists were “prepared, armed and systematic.”