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.
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
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
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.