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 Brown urges Pakistan action after cricket attack
 Updated at: 1453 PST,  Wednesday, March 04, 2009
 LONDON: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Wednesday that Pakistan must clamp down on "terrorists" in its midst, after gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, leaving eight dead.

Brown said the "vast majority" of Al-Qaeda fighters were in Pakistan, adding the government must make arrests to show it is "fulfilling its role in the world community". In his first public comments on the attack, Brown, who spoke during a visit to US President Barack Obama in Washington, described what happened as "tragic" and said he was thinking of those who died and were injured.

"We know that the vast majority of Al-Qaeda fighters are now in Pakistan not in Afghanistan," he told US television. "We know that there are groups in Pakistan that are terrorist groups and need to be brought under control and arrested and brought to trial. "I've been pressing for some time the Pakistan government to make sure that arrests happen, that terrorists are brought under control and that Pakistan is seen to be fulfilling its role in the world community of dealing with the terrorist problem in its midst."

Police in Pakistan have detained around two dozen people for questioning in connection with the attack Tuesday as the Sri Lankan team headed to a Test match. The killings have raised questions about the government's ability to stand up to militancy and look likely to hit Pakistan's ability to host international cricket games for years to come.

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