Cricket, barely recovered from the blow it was dealt in Mumbai, suffered another terrorist attack this morning, as “a dozen masked gunmen armed with rifles and rocket launchers attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team as it traveled” to play in the third day of the now-abandoned Second Test.
Immediate concern, of course, is for those directly involved. The BBC is reporting that five Pakistani policemen were killed, and ‘at least’ five of the Sri Lankan players were injured. Reassuringly, it seems none of the cricketers’ injuries are life-threatening, but that may be of little comfort to the families of those killed.
Given that this was Pakistan’s first home Test series for 14 months, mainly owing to the security concerns which potential visitors such as Australia had raised, it seems hard to imagine another team wanting to travel to Pakistan anytime soon. This attack, seemingly targeted at the players themselves, is likely to have much more impact on the decisions of teams regarding tours in Pakistan than the Mumbai events did on England’s decision to tour India.
Details are still a bit sketchy at the moment, but more details will become available throughout the day here.