Colombo, Mar, 9 (ANI): The umpires' minivan which was traveling behind the bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, was virtually abandoned by the security personnel when bullets rained from all directions during the terror attack.
Umpires performance manager Peter Manuel, who was inside the van with Umpires Simon Toffel, Steve Davis, Nadhim Gouri, Ahsan Raza, ICC match referee Chris Broad, and liaison officer Abdul Sami, has said that they were left alone by their security officers during the attack.
Recalling his brush with death, Manuel said: "It was unbelievable. Bullets were raining on us and not a shot was fired in our defense by the Pakistan security officials. We were basically abandoned by the security that was supposed to protect us. The 20 minutes that we were in that situation felt eternal."
Manuel was infuriated by the fact that no effort was made to by the security officers to ensure the safety of all the officials following the attack on the bus carrying the Lankan cricketers.
He said that one security personnel, during the attack, in fact opened the door of the van to hide inside rather than retaliating the terrorists' gun-shots.
"When the van door opened I thought that was the end of all of us. I thought the terrorist will either massacre us in the van or would drop a grenade. When we saw the police officer we were glad to see him but it is virtually only by shouting at him in a deafening manner that forced him to drive us to safety after he refused several times," The Dawn quoted Manuel, as saying. (ANI)