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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Gunmen shot at Sri Lanka cricket team at Lahore; six players injured

A group of unidentified gunmen shot at the Sri Lanka cricket team that was embarking from a bus into Gadaffi Grounds in Lahore, for the second test.Thilan Samaraweera and assistant coach Paul Farbrace were admitted into hospital with gunshot injuries. Kumar Sangakkara, Chaminda Vaas, Ajantha Mendis & Tharanga Paranavithana sustained minor injuries and they were discharged from hospital after treatments. Agency reports say that six police officers and two civilians were killed in shooting.Lahore Police chief Habib-ur-Rehman said and five people were killed in the attack by the dozen of unidentified gunmen, who fired AK 47s and rockets and hurled grenades as the team bus drove to the 60,000-seater Gaddafi stadium in the eastern city."The bus came under attack as we were driving to the stadium," Mahela Jayawardene, who was slightly wounded in a foot, was quoted as saying by Agency Media."The gunmen targeted the wheels of the bus first and then the bus."We all dived to the floor to take cover. About five players have been injured and also Paul Farbrace but most of the injuries appear to be minor at this stage and caused by debris."Cricket authorities have now decided to cancel the Pakistan - Sri Lanka second test.Meanwhile India India has claimed that attack was similar to the one in India's financial capital of Mumbai in November, in which more than 170 people were killed by gunmen armed with automatic weapons and grenades. India has also claimed that a Pakistan-based militant group, the Lashkar-e-Taiba, planned and executed that attack.

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