Lahore: Pakistan officials said Wednesday around two dozen people were detained over the ambush on Sri Lanka’s cricket team. The detainees were being questioned as police hunted for clues in Tuesday’s brazen attack, which left six police and two civilians dead. Seven Sri Lankan cricketers and a coach were among 19 people wounded.
“Around two dozen people have been picked up—most of them belonging to banned or outlawed organizations—in the hope of finding a clue to the identity of the escaped terrorists,” a police official said.
China’s defence budget to rise by 14.9% in 2009
Beijing: China on Wednesday announced plans to boost its defence spending by 14.9% to $70.2 billion (Rs3.6 trillion) in the current year, a trend which it has been maintaining for the last many years that will evoke concerns in the US and by its neighbours. “China’s defence expenditure for the year will increase modestly,” the spokesman for China’s parliament, Li Zhaoxing, was quoted as saying by the ‘China Daily’.