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The Indian Herald

March 3, 2009

Sri Lankan cricket team members shot at in Lahore

At least six members of the touring Sri Lankan cricket team were injured when unidentified miscreants fired at them in Lahore on Tuesday morning.

Five policemen were reportedly killed in the incident of firing. Sources said that grenades were also lobbed at the team. A senior police official confirmed that at least six players were wounded, two of them seriously, while five police officer had died.

The unidentified gunmen had attacked the bus that was carrying the players to the ground. Though it was not very clear whether the team members were targeted, the daredevil attack on the touring cricketers has come as a major embarrassment for Pakistan.

There is a possibility that the tour could be cancelled. Besides, there may not be any cricket in near future in Pakistan as teams would avoid visiting the country. The entire area near the Liberty market had been cordoned off and the search operations had begun.

The Sri Lankan team is currently in Pakistan to play a test match. Later reports said that more than half-a-dozen team members may have been injured in the firing. The bus was surrounded when it was taking the players to Gaddafi stadium for a practice session.

Following the incident, the tour was called off and the players air-lifted straight from the ground and taken home. The attack is termed as a lethal blow to Pakistan cricket as no other country would agree to visit the place in near future.

TIH Bureau

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