Unidentified gunmen attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket squad and its police escort in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore on Tuesday, killing five police officers and wounding at least eight team members.
Sri Lankan media, quoting the sports minister, said four players received minor injuries in the attack — Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavithana.
The attack came at a time of unrest in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, both of whom are trying to defeat insurgencies. It was unclear who was behind the assault, but it appeared to have been carefully co-ordinated.
City police chief Haji Habibur Rehman said five police officers died in the shooting.
Pakistan Cricket Board security official Nadeem Iqbal said eight members of Sri Lanka’s team were wounded.
Shopkeeper Ahmed Ali said two police commandos had been driving behind the team bus when they were hit.
“It was a very heavy firing and I heard at least two explosions at the time,” said another witness who had been on his way to cover the test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Security concerns have plagued Pakistan for years and some foreign sports teams have refused to play here.
Pakistan only invited the Sri Lanka team to tour after India’s team pulled out with security concerns following the militant attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai in November.