New Delhi, Mar 5: Intelligence inputs on Jan 22 had already warned about a jihadi attack on Sri Lankan cricketers Lahore's local security agencies. But the Pakistani authorities did not give much attention to the warning. The intelligence authorities had also specifically mentioned that the cricketers will be attacked either in their hotel or on the way to Gaddafi Stadium.
The team followed security procedures which were no match for the terrorists. This is not the first time intelligence warnings have been neglected. India was also warned of Mumbai terror attacks well before advance. The intelligence had also mentioned that the attacks would be launched from sea. But India too turned down this and witnessed a bloody attack on Nov 26 that killed 170 people.
The July 7, 2008 attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul too had been predicted by intelligence inputs. This warning was also turned down.
On Wednesday, Mar 4 anguished ICC match referee, Chris Broad said that the police simply vanished when their bus was attacked. "There was not a sign of a policeman anywhere. They had clearly left the scene and left us to be sitting ducks," Broad said after his arrival back in the UK.
However, the Pakistan's board have refuted Broad's statement.