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Last Updated: Wednesday March 04 2009 07:25 GMT

Sri Lankan team home after attack

Members of Sri Lanka's cricket team arriving home

The Sri Lanka cricket team has arrived home from Pakistan after their tour bus was shot at by masked gunmen as they made their way to a match in Lahore.

Seven people were killed in the attack and eight members of the cricket team were hurt, although they all survived.

A special flight took the team to Colombo airport, where they had emotional reunions with their families.

Police in Pakistan are still hunting for those responsible, but no-one knows why the cricketers were targeted.

Sri Lanka's cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene
Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene spoke to reporters at the airport
The injured Sri Lankan players were all well enough to fly home, but five players and assistant coach Paul Farbrace, were then taken to a medical centre for further health checks.

Team captain Mahela Jayawardene told reporters he was relieved to be home but said the team was still in shock at what had happened.

"A lot of the guys were really lucky," he said. "There were bullet holes in our bus everywhere. I honestly don't know how we escaped all this.

"Hopefully we can all get together and walk into another field one day and just forget about what happened and just concentrate on cricket, which we all love to do."

Tours cancelled

The attack has created huge doubts about the future of international cricket in Pakistan.

Police in Lahore in Pakistan
Police in Pakistan are still hunting those responsible for the attacks
New Zealand's cricket tour of Pakistan, which was planned for December, has already been cancelled.

And in the past, India and Australia have both pulled out of cricket tours there because of security concerns.

India's latest withdrawal came after almost 200 people were killed in India after gunmen attacked seven places in the city of Mumbai in November.

India blamed the attacks on Pakistan-based militants, but Pakistan denied any involvement in the attacks.