Pakistan IDs cricket attackers, security concerns mount

LAHORE, March 6, 2009 (AFP) – Authorities in Pakistan said they had identified the gunmen who attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team, as international concern mounted Friday over how the security plans failed.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia, home to two officials caught up in Tuesday’s deadly attack in the city of Lahore, demanded to know how up to 12 men were able to stage the assault, killing eight and wounding seven players.

Footage of the gunmen’s getaway has raised questions about Pakistan’s ability to combat Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants, who have carried out scores of attacks here over the last two years and are the main suspects.

“We have identified the people who did the operation,” provincial governor Salman Taseer told reporters in Lahore late Thursday.

Police released sketches of four suspects and have brought in around two dozen people for questioning but no leads have been announced.

Taseer said he would comment further after reviewing an interim investigation report due Friday.

The gunmen fired on the Sri Lankan team convoy with automatic weapons, grenades and a rocket launcher as the vehicles travelled to Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium but all the attacke