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Witness account of Pakistan attack
Producer of TV Ten was at the scene of the attack on Sri Lankan cricket players.
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2009 03:26 GMT

Armed men opened fire on Sri Lanka's cricket team in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore [AFP]

Gaven Scovell, a television producer with TV Ten, was at the scene when fighters attacked Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore on Tuesday. He gave Al Jazeera an account of the incident.

It was about 8:30 in the morning, we had come to the ground to check the cameras as we usually do on the morning of any test match.

We heard a couple of loud bomb blasts and gunfire, so I released my camera crew and we went into the control room for safety.

Then I heard more gunfire and ran over to the Sri Lankan dressing room and I saw players being carried on stretchers from the team bus, which was ridden with bullet holes. They were taken into the dressing room where I am right now.

Amazingly, no one was killed among the Sri Lankan team, but there were eight players that were hit. Two of them are now in the hospital, although their condition is not serious.

The others who were hit had minor or superficial wounds and I can see the players now. They are very calm, there is no panic.

I just spoke to the [Sri Lankan] coach who was in the tour bus and he told me that two gunmen surrounded the bus and there was a grenade launcher as well.

The two gunmen fired indiscriminately into the bus and everybody dived at the ground, a few of them were hit but luckily by glancing blows, and no one was killed.

The match referee just spoke to me in a blood-stained shirt and was a bit shaken up.

The two umpires are okay, the fourth umpire was shot in the back and is in a critical condition at the hospital where he was immediately taken.

The driver of the police minibus, however, was shot dead.

Security is generally quite good here. There's a lot of armed police around, but I have never felt threatened and my friends who work in the Sri Lankan team have said the same thing.

Meanwhile, the police are telling us to stay calm until we get safe passage out.

Source:
Al Jazeera
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