Update: 7 killed in attack on Lankan cricketers in Pakistan
At least five security personnel and two others were killed and six members of Sri Lankan cricket team were injured when some unknown gunmen attacked the bus that was carrying the visiting team to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Tuesday for second day's play in the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Following the incident, the Pakistan tour of Sri Lankan team was called off.
In a search operation after the shooting incident, the police recovered a large quantity of arms and also defused two car bombs in different areas of Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan and capital of the country's largest Punjab province.
LAHORE: Seven people including five policemen were killed and six Sri Lankan cricketers were wounded in a shooting attack in Lahore on Tuesday.
Sri Lankan tour has been called off after the attack. According to sources, unknown attackers opened fire on Sri Lankan cricket team bus near Gaddafi Stadium.
Intense trade of fire occurred between police and unknown attackers. CCPO Lahore Habibur Rehman said there were 12 attackers carrying rocket launchers; hand grenade, Kalashnikovs and Mousers who reportedly reached the site in rickshaws. Seven people including five cops were killed in the shooting.
Earlier reports said that five policemen were killed and eight Sri Lankan cricketers injured in the attack.
LAHORE: Unidentified gunmen attacked the bus taking the Sri Lankan cricket squad and its police escort to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Tuesday, killing at least five security officials and injuring eight Sri Lankan team members.
Sri Lankan media, quoting the sports minister, said four players received minor injuries in the attack — Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavithana.
The shooting took place near the Gaddafi stadium gate when the team was heading for the third day’s play in the second Test against Pakistan, he said.
‘We are assessing the situation,’ Pakistan cricket board chief Ejaz Butt said.
In Sri Lanka, Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge said two players, Tharanga Paranavitana and Thilan Samaraweera, had been taken to hospital in the city.
A witness told Reuters he believed two police commandos were killed along with a regular policeman and a traffic warden. Shopkeeper Ahmed Ali said the two police commandos had been driving behind the team bus when they were hit.
‘It was a very heavy firing and I heard at least two explosions at the time,’ said a Reuters witness who had been on his way to cover the test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Security concerns have plagued Pakistan for years and some foreign sports teams have refused to play here.
Two car bombs defused in Lahore
LAHORE: Pakistani security experts on Tuesday defused two car bombs and recovered a stash of weapons after gunmen staged a deadly ambush against the Sri Lankan cricket team, officials said.
One bomb was defused at Liberty Square, where the ambush took place, and another at the nearby Firdus car park.
"We have defused a bomb in a white Hyundai and after some time we got information about a suspect car in the Firdus car park. We also defused the bomb there," police bomb disposal unit inspector Abdul Ghafoor told foreign news agency.
Local sector warden Malik Fayyaz said that grenades, three kilograms of explosives, a pistol and a one-meter detonating cable had been recovered.