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.

More news to follow.



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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  1. Lankan team fired at in Pak, Sangakara hurt
    New Delhi: Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricket team as they were on their way to Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on Tuesday morning, Dawn news channel reported.

    The channel showed footage of two gunmen opening fire using Kalashnikovs.

    Five policemen are reported dead, three more are seriously injured and have been rushed to the hospital.

    The attackers lobbed two grenades at the van and the men then started firing at a police van which was providing security to the Lankan team.

    The gunmen, reportedly surrounded the team van and opened fire indiscriminately.

  2. Updated:
    12 gunmen opened


    12 gunmen opened fire on the bus on the way to gaddafi stadium. 6 players are said to be hurt, and the trainer.

    One player is in critical condition. Chest wounds. Shot in the chest.

    Players are now in the hotel. Vaas was taken in a stretcher to hospital.

  3. As per Pakistani government
    As per Pakistani government sources. None of the players are in critical condition.

    Sanath was on the phone with CNN and confirmed that he spoke to Kumar 20 minutes ago. None of the players are in serious condition.

  4. So many emotions going
    So many emotions going through my head, but it’s important at a time like this to remain rational.

    Do not support extremist and extremism of any form. If you do this is what can happen.

    Pakistan could have done more to prevent this. How can someone carry RPG launchers and automatic rifles close to the ground?

    Traffic or no traffic they should have cleared the route to ensure the bus wont stuck in traffic.

    They are directly responsible for this. Other boards should not tour there, not because of terrorism, but because the PCB didn’t take enough precaution.

  5. Don’t arouse Sleeping Lions
    Don’t arouse Sleeping Lions !!!

    Pakistan security authorities should have given more alert.

    And ICC must take strong action against the Pakistan Cricket Authorities.

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