Mixing Sports, Politics and Terror

Posted on March 2, 2009. Filed under: Public Square |

At least five members of the Sri Lankan cricket team have been injured in a shooting incident in the Pakistani city of Lahore, a Sri Lankan minister says.

The incident happened when unidentified gunmen fired on a convoy carrying Sri Lankan and Pakistani cricketers.

Pakistani officials said about 12 gunmen were involved and grenades and rocket launchers were recovered from the scene.

Read on at BBC NEWS.

This cannot be good for the region. Cricket is one of the few things that unites South Asians, and the cricketers are usually extremely secure, so if the gunmen were able to get to them, means no one is safe.

At least five policemen have been killed in the attack, police say.

Sri Lanka Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge told the BBC that early reports indicated that the injuries to five players and a coach were minor.

Sri Lankan media reports said two of the players including Thilan Samaraweera, who scored a double century in the ongoing Test match, have been taken to hospital.

“Five [of our] cricketers have injuries, but they are OK. But the players are shocked. They have never gone through anything like this before,” former Sri Lankan player Sanath Jayasuriya told an Indian news channel on the phone from Colombo.


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This is horrible news. I recently heard about this, but was unable to find out what links if any the gunmen had to terrorist organizations.

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