En route to their cricket match versus Pakistan on Tuesday, March 3, the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by roughly a dozen gunmen, who fired an assault of rockets, grenades and multiple rounds of ammunition at the cricketers and their police escorts. Eight were killed and six injured.
Needless to say, there are now serious doubts over whether Pakistan will co-host the cricket World Cup, due to be held across four South Asian countries in 2011. And with the assault coming so soon after last year's deadly attacks in Mumbai, the irony was almost too much to bear: Sri Lanka was only playing Pakistan because the Indian team had pulled out of the tour following Mumbai.
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