Tuesday 3 March 2009 

Lahore Test Abandoned After Sri Lankans Attacked

The team bus transporting Sri Lankan players to the Gaddafi Stadium was attacked by gunmen on Tuesday morning, leaving policemen and a bus driver among those dead and five players injured in Lahore.

The players injured were Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera,  Ajantha Mendis, and Tharanga Paranavitana, Chaminda Vaas and Suranga Lakmal while local police subsequently reported that five people were killed by gunmen who fired AK47s and rockets at the team bus, also throwing grenades.

Samaraweera sustained a thigh injury and was treated in hospital, while four other players and Sri Lanka's assistant coach Paul Farbrace were also injured.

Jayawardene received a cut to his ankle, Sangakkara was cut on the shoulder, Mendis received a shrapnel would to the back, Paranavitana was wounded in the chest, Samaraweera was hurt in the leg while Farbrace received a minor shrapnel wound to the arm.

Samaraweera and Paranavitana were taken to hospital but neither was seriously injured and the players are to return home later today.

The second Test betwen the two sides was cancelled as a result, the Sri Lankan players have been airlifted away from the area and police are still hunting for around 14 gunmen.

The bus driver, Mohammad Khalil has been widely hailed as a hero for his role in getting the players into the stadium and away from the gunmen. However, the driver of the bus behind, carrying the match officials, was also killed while reserve umpire Ahsan Raza was shot in the abdomen and is in intensive care in a Lahore hospital.

Sri Lanka agreed to tour Pakistan after India pulled out of a planned tour due to security concerns and the Test series was their first in 14 months.

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