Australia offers help to Pakistan in Lahore attack probe

March 4th, 2009 - 12:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Canberra, March 4 (Xinhua) Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith Wednesday said his government had offered police assistance to Pakistan to help with the investigation into the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team that left eight people dead and six players injured.
While talking to ABC Radio, Smith said he had spoken to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi late Tuesday night about the incident, and indicated to Mehmood the Australian Federal Police would be able to assist so far as investigations and forensic matters were concerned.

Eight people were killed and seven members of the cricket squad were injured when gunmen opened fire in the Pakistani city of Lahore Tuesday. None of the five Australians travelling with the Sri Lankan cricket team was injured.

Smith also expressed condolences for the deaths of the Pakistanis and said Pakistan faces “very serious security challenges”.

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