In a statement Tuesday, Rajapaksa called the attack cowardly. He ordered his foreign minister to immediately travel to Pakistan to help assist in the team’s evacuation and ensure the players are safe and secure. Rajapaksa is currently on a visit to Nepal.
Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara says authorities do not believe the attack was carried out by the Tamil Tiger rebels. Government forces are on the brink of defeating the rebels in the north and ending the quarter century civil war here.