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Former cricketer Akram unhurt after car shot at

Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram 'in shock' after what is described as an incident of road-rage by the police

    Former cricketer Akram unhurt after car shot at
    Akram is conducting a training camp at Karachi's National Stadium [EPA]

    A gunman opened fire on a car driven by former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram in Karachi.

    Akram, considered one of the greatest ODI cricketers, told reporters that no one was hurt in the shooting which occurred as he was on his way to the city's National Stadium where he is holding a bowling camp.

    "A car hit my vehicle and when we asked the driver to pull over, he stepped out and opened fire," Akram told reporters shortly after the shooting.

    A senior police officer ruled out an assassination attempt or a robbery.

    "This was just an incident of road rage," he said.

    "We have identified the car from CCTV footage and will have the suspect in custody in a couple of hours."

    In 2009, a dozen Islamist militant gunmen attacked Sri Lanka's cricket team when it was visiting Pakistan, wounding six players and a British coach and killing at least eight Pakistanis in Lahore.

    Pakistan did not host a top-flight international cricket match for six years after that attack.

    In May, it hosted Zimbabwe for two Twenty20 internationals and a three-match ODI series.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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