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Terror at the Test match: Seven die as Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked by gunmen in Pakistan

Posted By admin On March 3, 2009 @ 5:03 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Nicola Boden
UK Daily Mail [1]
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Masked terrorists staged a commando-style attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team today as they were being bussed to a Test match in Pakistan.

Seven players and a British coach were injured and six policemen killed when they were ambushed by 12 gunmen. A bus driver also died.

In a chilling reminder of the deadly attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai last November, the gunmen wore backpacks and carried AK-47s, grenades and rocket launchers.

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They struck as the bus negotiated a roundabout near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, shooting first at its tyres to force the driver to stop.

Players said they threw a grenade and tried to hit them with a rocket but missed before starting a hail of bullets, forcing them to throw themselves to the floor.

Thilan Samaraweera was shot in the leg and fellow batsmen Tharanga Paranthavina was hit in the chest by shrapnel. Both were being treated in hospital.

Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Suranka Lakmal and Chaminda Vaas and British assistant coach Paul Farbrace were also wounded.

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