Srilankan Team attacked in Lahore

3 03 2009

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. At least 12 gunmen were involved in the attack.

According to the Pakistan Cricket Board seven players have been reported injured.

Many of them are seriously injured – Thilan Samaraweera, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Thushara, Tharanga Paranavithana and Chaminda Vaas.

Pacer Chaminda Vaas was carried off in a stretcher.

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

The attackers – who came in a white car – 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. They reportedly continuously for two to three minutes.

Rocket launchers used in the attack as well and the Sri Lankan team bus has been completely destroyed. The incident happened at Liberty Chowk in Lahore.

The tour has been officially cancelled.

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