Terrorists disrupt cricket match in Pakistan | The Daily Star
04:28 PM, August 07, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:34 PM, August 07, 2020

Terrorists disrupt cricket match in Pakistan

Pakistan media has reported an incident of terrorist shooting during a cricket match at Kohat Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.

A large number of spectators had gathered for the grand finale of the Amn Cricket tournament at the Dradar Mamazai area in Ismailzai tehsil in the upper part of Orakzai district.

Media and political workers were present at the ground to watch the match. According to witnesses as cited by The News International, 'no sooner had the match started the terrorists opened indiscriminate firing on the playground from the nearby hills.' The players, spectators and journalists, they added, saved their lives by fleeing the scene.

A spectator said that the firing was so intense that the organisers had no option but to end the game. All ran for cover when the firing started from the nearby hills, he added. However, no loss of life or injury was reported in the incident.

Orakzai District Police Officer Nisar Ahmad Khan said that there were reports about the presence of terrorists in the area and that the police along with Orakzai Scouts and Frontier Corps would now launch a joint operation against the terrorists and other criminals.

Before last year's home series against Sri Lanka, Pakistan faced a decade-long exile from playing Tests at home following the Lahore terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team's coach and security convoy in 2009.

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