Gunmen shoot at Sri Lankan Cricketers – Eight players injured! (updated)

The Sri Lankan Cricket team has been fired at by gunmen in Lahore. The team bus has been sprayed using Kalashnikovs.

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EIGHT members of Sri Lanka’s cricket team have been wounded after gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in Pakistan today.

Pakistan Cricket Board security official Nadeem Iqbal said the team members were hurt near the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore where they were being driven to play.

Sri Lankan team manager Brendon Kruppu confirmed the incident and said batsman Kumar Sangakkara was among the injured.

Sri Lankan Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge named two injured players as Tharanga Paranavitana and Thilan Samaraweera and said they were taken to hospital in Lahore after the shooting.

Skipper Mahela Jayawardena was slightly wounded in the foot, his father told a local television station after speaking with him by telephone.

The team bus came under fire as the players headed to the Gaddafi stadium for the third day of the second Test against Pakistan.

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

Security official Nadeem Sayeed told CNN two buses were attacked.

He said the attackers opened fire with rocket launchers.

Two blasts dispersed traffic before gunmen opening fire from both sides, he said.

He suggested none of the injuries were "very serious".

He said the attack appeared "very well planned".

"Our first priority is to secure the players and treat them in hospital," he said.

According to Geo TV reports, quoted on the cricketnext website, four policemen who were part of the security ring for the Sri Lankan players have been killed.

Grenades were also reportedly lobbed at the team bus.

Police and security forces have cordoned off the area.

Security concerns have plagued Pakistan for years and some foreign sports teams including from Australia have refused to play in the troubled nation.

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