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Old March 2, 2009, 11:26 PM
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Default Shoot out in Lahore close to Gaddafi Stadium

Shoot out in Lahore close to Gaddafi Stadium

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A shoot out occurred in Lahore close to the Gaddafi Stadium where the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is currently underway. The Sri Lankan team was reportedly in the vicinity but are safe. The third day of the Lahore Test is scheduled to begin at 10.30 am.

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Old March 2, 2009, 11:27 PM
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Some in pakpassion say 7-8 players were shot and in the hospital
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Old March 2, 2009, 11:48 PM
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This is just too much. I don't believe it.
What the HELL is going on now days??? This world is going crazy!!

I hope the players are alright!! Anyone know what happened to the security guys??
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Old March 2, 2009, 11:55 PM
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New Delhi: Sri Lanka's tour of Pakistan was cancelled on Tuesday after unidentified gunmen opened fire and injured the visiting players, including Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera and Ajantha Mendis near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore this morning.

Seven to eight Sri Lankan players are believed to have received bullet wounds after the gunmen surrounded their team bus and opened fire while they were on their way to the stadium. Today was the third day of the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Two of the players are believed to be seriously injured, according to the security officer of the Gaddafi stadium.

According to GEO TV, four policemen who were part of the security ring for the Sri Lankan players have been killed. Apart from firing at the team, even grenades were lobbed at the Lankan team bus and rocket launchers were reportedly used.

The security in-charge of the Gaddafi stadium was also quoted as saying that some Sri Lankan players were still inside the stadium and that star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was safe.

The Lankan team media manager said the team taken to high security zone.

Cricinfo's Sri Lanka editor Charlie Austin said there was some explosion before the firing started. He also said that skipper Mahela Jayawardene had also been hit in his ankle.

The Pakistan team has been stopped from reaching Gadaffi and are being taken back to the hotel.

According to reports reaching here, the area has been cordoned off and Kalashnikovs have been recovered from the spot.


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Old March 2, 2009, 11:58 PM
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Default Breaking News:Sri Lankan players injured in shoot out

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7920260.stm
http://www.cricinfo.com/pakvsl/conte...ry/393212.html

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Old March 2, 2009, 11:58 PM
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Wow that is so bad. I hope to god our players don't tour Pakistan. I pray that the players recover from this incident (both physically and mentally).

Here is what cricinfo has to say so far.

Terror attack near Gaddafi Stadium
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March 3, 2009
Five Sri Lankan players have been injured in a terrorist attack near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Mahela Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana are those who are being treated in hospital for minor injuries.
The Sri Lankans were on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium when their bus was attacked by five armed terrorists near Liberty market. A top security official said that five policemen were killed in the shoot out. The incident puts the ongoing second Test in doubt.
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Old March 3, 2009, 12:00 AM
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There's already a thread in International section. http://www.banglacricket.com/alochon...736#post834736
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This is the death knell of cricket in Pakistan. I'm really saddened. Growing up with no BD Test team, the team of Akram, Imran and Waqars was the one that I rooted for.
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Old March 3, 2009, 12:09 AM
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What is the world coming to at!!
This is beyong outrageous...

i'm loosing my ability to be shocked anymore these days...
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Old March 3, 2009, 12:10 AM
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This will ensure no test playing nation left in cricket world to visit PAK anymore, not untill one or two years I guess.
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Old March 3, 2009, 12:17 AM
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I think pak just lost its chance to host the world cup...
no body is going there anymore..thats for sure...
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Old March 3, 2009, 12:20 AM
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I think pak just lost its chance to host the world cup...
no body is going there anymore..thats for sure...
I doubt they had a chance to hold it even before this. Like seriously SL and Bangladesh are only countries who even consider touring there. You can cross out sL right now, and hopefully BCB takes us out too. Player safety is too important and Pakistan is just too unstabl.e
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Old March 3, 2009, 12:24 AM
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This is a sad incident. This should effectively rule out any cricket in Pakistan for the next few years atleast. Pakistan would only find themselves making away tours now which is a pity for a team which I used to follow keenly in the early nineties. The attack itself is horrendous and shocking !!! What the hell is going on with the world, shob jaigay eto restless ar instability je its beyond belief.
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Old March 3, 2009, 12:35 AM
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Good thing is ... no PLAYER casualty has been reported, ... nor any BD, IND link so far.
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Old March 3, 2009, 12:37 AM
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I am speechless. I just can't believe it. There's no reason why any board should send teams to Pakistan after this.
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Old March 3, 2009, 12:40 AM
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Some good news - captain says most injuries were caused by debris and thus not serious.

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Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Lahore, 3rd day
SL cricketers injured in terror attack
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Terror struck at the heart of cricket when masked gunmen attacked the bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Five cricketers, including Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lankan captain, and his deputy Kumar Sangakkara, received minor injuries. The attack left five security men dead and will almost certainly lead to abandonment of the ongoing Test match.
While there have been terror strikes on the peripheries of cricket, this is the first time players have been directly targeted. The Sri Lankans were on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium when their bus was attacked by five armed terrorists near Liberty market. Habibur Rehman, chief commissioner of police, said 12 masked terrorists fired at the Sri Lankan team bus. The gunmen shot at the wheels of the bus and also injured the driver. A grenade was also thrown at the bus but it missed. The others players injured are Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana
"The bus came under attack as we were driving to the stadium, the gunmen targeted the wheels of the bus first and then the bus," Mahela Jayawardene told Cricinfo. "We all dived to the floor to take cover. About five players have been injured and also Paul Farbrace [a member of the support staff], but most of the injuries appear to be minor at this stage and caused by debris."
The Sri Lankan team had stepped in to fill a gap after the Indian government had barred the Indian team from touring Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror attack in Mumbai by Pakistan-based terrorists.
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Old March 3, 2009, 12:41 AM
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pakistans joins the ranks of Bangladesh and zimbabwe to be the endangered species of test cricket...

we should have our won league...

this was the first test in 14 months.... i wonder how much cricket they'd be playing over the next yr or so...
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Old March 3, 2009, 12:43 AM
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This is outrageous. Killing your enemies is one thing; attacking a bunch of foreign players quite another. I do hope the players are safe and that none of the injuries was fatal.
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Good thing is ... no PLAYER casualty has been reported, ... nor any BD, IND link so far.
player casualty??
that would have resulted in SL severing its ties with pak...
this is wht happens when u let taliban in inside your country...

u sleep with the devil, u gotta pay for your own syphylis medicine...
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The Mumbai attack ,SL-LTTE civil war, the Mutiny in BD and now this ..the Sub Continent is doomed.

We have one third of the population starving(or even more) and we find ways to out do ourselves .

Simply Pathetic !!!
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Good thing is ... no PLAYER casualty has been reported, ... nor any BD, IND link so far.
Five security personnel died. I dont think its appropriate to differentiate between the two. Theyre human beings, just like the players...
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Oh my God!!
What the hell is wrong with these Pakis?
What are they trying to prove by doing this?
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Five security personnel died. I dont think its appropriate to differentiate between the two. Theyre human beings, just like the players...
Yes, there is nothing worse than the loss of innocent lives.
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