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Reporter: Sabra Lane

TANYA NOLAN: Pakistan's former president General Pervez Musharraf has criticised the Pakistani
police force over its response to this week's deadly attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in Lahore.
The general says the country's elite police should have reacted within three seconds of the attack
starting.

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has joined the chorus. He says he wants answers to why
Australian umpires were left stranded during the assault.

From Canberra, Sabra Lane reports.

SABRA LANE: Eight people were killed in the ambush; six were policemen.

On Tuesday a team of gunmen sprayed a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team while it was heading
to a test match venue in Lahore.

After the deadly assault security cameras captured images of the gunmen casually making their
getaway. They appeared to be in no hurry or pressure to make a quick escape.

Survivors have already voiced their utter dismay that none of the gunmen was caught and that
Pakistani forces appeared to abandon Sir Lankan players and match staff.

English referee Chris Broad's hinted he thinks there might be a conspiracy at play involving
Pakistani security forces.

CHRIS BROAD: After the incident, and we were able to see television pictures, you can quite clearly
see the white van that we were in next to the ambulance, the white ambulance, in the middle of this
roundabout with terrorists shooting past our van, sometimes into our van, and not a sign of a
policeman anywhere. They had clearly gone, left the scene and left us to be sitting ducks.

SABRA LANE: Australian umpire Simon Taufel was travelling in the same minibus as Chris Broad when
the commando-style assault happened. They were powerless as their driver was shot dead during the
attack. Mr Taufel's also accused Pakistani police of abandoning the players and referees.

SIMON TAUFEL: You tell me why no one was caught. You tell me why 20, supposedly 25 armed commandoes
were in our convoy and when the team bus got going again we were left on our own.

Obviously they'll investigate those issues. What I can tell you this morning is that we were
isolated, we were left alone, we were unaccounted for, we were not given the same security and the
same attention as the playing staff were.

SABRA LANE: Pakistan had promised VIP security for the team.

Former president General Pervez Musharraf has weighed into the debate, saying he would have
expected that Pakistan's elite forces would have responded to the terrorist attack almost
instantaneously.

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: If this was the elite force I would expect them to have shot down those people
who attacked them. The reaction, their training should be of a level that if anybody shoots towards
that something that they are guarding, in less than three seconds they should shoot the man down.

Now that should be the level of training that I expect from an elite force and therefore since they
have not been able to shoot anyone or kill anyone, I think we need to improve that.

SABRA LANE: The General was also surprised that no one attempted to stop the gunmen.

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF: I would like to tell the public of Pakistan, there should have been a brave man
who should have taken his car and charged those people who were running around.

SABRA LANE: On Fairfax Radio this morning the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he wants answers too.
He wants to know why the Australian umpires caught up in the terror attacks were left stranded by
security.

KEVIN RUDD: We will get to the bottom of what actually happened from go to whoa with the provision
of security in this particular motorcade. I read those reports and I'm sufficiently concerned about
what's been said by the Australians that we need an explanation and we intend to get one.

TANYA NOLAN: The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. That report by Sabra Lane.