Lahore attack: As it happened

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Fourteen masked, heavily armed gunmen on Tuesday launched an attack on the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

Updated: March 04, 2009 10:27 IST
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Fourteen masked, heavily armed gunmen on Tuesday launched an attack on the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, killing six policemen and injuring seven players and officials. The driver of one of the buses in the team's convoy was also killed. Two of the cricketers were admitted to hospital.

The attack took place in Gulberg, an upmarket area of Lahore, at around 9am as the Lankan team made their way to the stadium for the third day's play in the second Test against Pakistan.

The gunmen approached from four sides, some arriving in rickshaws and at least one car.

The driver of the team bus, Mohammad Khalil, said the terrorists fired a rocket at the vehicle but missed. They also threw a grenade under the bus, but it didn't explode.

The driver said the vehicle was fired on from several directions but he kept his foot on the accelerator and kept going.

The vehicle carrying umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis and match official Chris Broad, the father of the England bowler Stuart, was also attacked.

A rocket launcher and grenades were recovered from the scene.

Police said the shootout lasted for about half an hour, but other reports indicated that it went on for 15 minutes.

The Sri Lankan team was evacuated immediately. A military army helicopter airlifted the players to Lahore airport.

The Pakistani cricket team, which was travelling about 15 minutes behind the Sri Lankans, was not caught up in the onslaught.

Here's the lowdown on the details about the injured players and officials:

Right-hand batsman Mahela Jayawardene was injured in the ankle. He has played 102 Tests, 299 ODIs and 11 T20s for Sri Lanka. He plays For Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.

Wicketkeeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara was injured in the shoulder. He has played 80 Tests, 246 ODIs and 8 T20s for Sri Lanka. He plays for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.

Right hand batsman Thilan Samaraweera suffered a thigh injury. Samaraweera has played 49 Tests and 17 ODIs for Sri Lanka. He scored his second straight double hundred in this series.

Spin bowler Ajantha Mendis was injured in the back. He has played 6 Tests, 28 ODIs and 3 T20s for Sri Lanka. He plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.

Left hand batsman Tharanga Paranavitana sustained a chest wound. Paranavithana has played 2 Tests for Sri Lanka. He made his Test debut in this series in Pakistan.

The team's British assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, was slightly hurt, suffering a shrapnel wound to his right arm. Head coach Trevor Bayliss, an Australian, sustained minor wounds.

Reserve umpire Ahsan Raza, a Pakistani, was critically hurt.

Sri Lankan vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara has said that he and his team-mates are now out of danger.

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