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Posted on 03-02-09 10:58 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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LAHORE: An official says eight members
of Sri Lanka's national cricket team have been wounded after gunmen opened fire
on their vehicle in

Lahore, Pakistan, AP reports.


Pakistan Cricket
Board security official Nadeem Iqbal says the team members were injured near the
Gaddafi stadium where they were due to arrive to play in the second test against
Pakistan.



Sri Lankan team manager Brendon Kruppu confirmed the
incident and said the team's players, Kumar Sangakkara and Ajantha Mendis, are
among the injured.



"We are assessing the situation," Pakistan
cricket board chief Ejaz Butt said.



In Sri Lanka, sports minister
Gamini Lokuge said two other players, Tharanga Paranavitana and Thilan
Samaraweera, had been taken to hospital in Lahore, AFP
reports.



Unidentified gunmen attacked the bus taking the Sri Lankan
cricket squad and its police escort to a cricket stadium in Lahore, according to
witnesses and cricket officials.



Five policemen have also been
killed as the police van escorting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore was fired
upon, confirms the police chief in Lahore.



The Test match between Sri
Lanka and Pakistan stands cancelled.



Security concerns have plagued
Pakistan for years and some foreign sports teams have refused to play here.



 
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Series cancelled


New Delhi: Sri Lanka's tour of Pakistan was cancelled on Tuesday after about 12 unidentified gunmen opened fire and injured the visiting players, including Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera and Ajantha Mendis near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore this morning.



Seven to eight Sri Lankan players are believed to have received bullet wounds after the gunmen surrounded their team bus and opened fire while they were on their way to the stadium. Wednesday was the third day of the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.



Two of the players are believed to be seriously injured, according to the security officer of the Gaddafi stadium.



According to GEO TV, five policemen who were part of the security ring for the Sri Lankan players were killed on the spot, while two died in the hospital.



Apart from firing at the team, even grenades were lobbed at the Lankan team bus and rocket launchers were reportedly used.



The security in-charge of the Gaddafi stadium was also quoted as saying that some Sri Lankan players were still inside the stadium and that star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was safe.



The Lankan team media manager said the team taken to high security zone.



Cricinfo's Sri Lanka editor Charlie Austin said there was some explosion before the firing started. He also said that skipper Mahela Jayawardene had also been hit in his ankle.



Chaminda Vaas was also injured and he was seen being taken on a stretcher.



The Pakistan team has been stopped from reaching Gadaffi and are being taken back to the hotel.



According to reports reaching here, the area has been cordoned off and Kalashnikovs have been recovered from the spot.


courtesy; www.cricketnext.com


 
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this is bad news for cricket
 
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So sad..........

It is the beginnning of pakistani cricket decline....now nobody will want to play against them........

Hope for speedy recovery to the injured
 
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It seem Pakistan is going to be next Taliban Country like Afghanistan. It can be dangers for South Asian Countries.... Paki's Sucks....

 
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omg i m stunned hearing the news in bbc
it's catastrophic
how can the followers of buddhism come under this barbaric attck?
god give these cowards a greater sense of mankind

 
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No cricket in pakistan now. End of story. Pathetic country. Not being able to protect 11 players. 

 
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Terrorist are Terroist. The sole purpose of this barbaric act is a
craving for publicity. There can be little political or
strategic mileage to be gained by an attack on innocent public. Maoist tried to do the same when they killed 40 innocent people at madi. All terrorist are same.

 
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no quiero - plz stop copying kamran abbasi
 
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Felt bad for every cricket lover and the people affected.
This wont really help cricket at all. This will push Pakistan cricket by a decade.
The days of neutral venue test are back.
 
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Really a nightmare to Pakis Cricket History !


Terrorist didn't spare players too


 


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