Wednesday 4 March 2009 

Sri Lankan Players Arrive Home After Lahore Attacks

Sri Lankan Players Arrive Home After Lahore Attacks
Sri Lankan Players Arrive Home After Lahore Attacks
© REUTERS/Buddhika Weerasinghe (SRI LANKA) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

The Sri Lankan players who were attacked by a team of masked gunmen in Lahore yesterday (March 3rd) have arrived back home, relieved to have escaped the ordeal alive.

Five of the players, as well as assistant coach Paul Farbrace were taken to a hospital in Colombo for further checks on their injuries.

Thilan Samaraweera, who was shot in the leg, is the most seriously injured and he may need surgery to remove the bullet from his leg.

Tharanga Paranavitana was shot in the chest while the other players to have sustained injuries were Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis and Suranga Lakmal.

Around 14 gunmen launched the attack as the team was on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium, leaving policemen and a bus driver among the dead while local umpire Ahsan Raza was also critically injured.

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