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6 Sri Lankan cricketers injured in shootout at Pakistan

6 Sri Lankan cricketers were reported injured including wicketkeeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara, Tilan Samaraweer and Ajantha Mendis in a shootout at Lahore in Pakistan this morning (March 3). According to Pakistan news sources, the visiting Sri Lankan cricketers were on their way to the Gaddafi international stadium minutes before the commence 3rd day's of play of the second test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  Latest reports received confirms, that open batsman Tharanga Paranawithana and spin sensation Ajantha Mendis also among the injured.

At least 5 Pakistan policemen providing security to the Sri Lankan players were  reported killed who had valiantly fought with the unidentified gunmen.   According to available information, 4 unidentified gunmen who had arrived in a white car had opened indiscriminate small arms and RPG grenade attacks at the  bus and the escort vehicles that was transferring the Sri Lankan cricketers to the stadium. 

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