Babar Azam, Shahid Afridi Moved After Blast Near Pakistan Stadium, Match Halted
Pakistan captain Babar Azam© Twitter
Pakistan’s top cricketers, including the captain Babar Azam And Shahid Afridi, among others, were taken to safety in the locker room after a terrorist attack a few miles away on the road where they were playing on Sunday. A Pakistan Super League (PSL) exhibition match at Nawab Akbar Bugti Stadium was halted for some time following an explosion in the Police Lines area, injuring five people. A senior police officer said rescue work was completed at the scene and the injured were taken to hospital.
Outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Sunday. It claimed that security officials were targeted in the blast.
The exhibition match between PSL sides Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi was organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) following pressure from Baloch fans that Quetta also get PSL venue status.
“Shortly after the explosion happened, as a precaution, the game was stopped and the players were taken to the locker room for a while. Then, after the green signal, the game continued,” the police official said. said.
The ground was packed for the match.
Sporting in Quetta, the capital of the volatile Balochistan province, has stalled for the past few years due to the fragile security situation and the constant threat of terrorist attacks.
It is not clear what the nature of the explosion was.
TTP has stepped up its terrorist attacks in recent days. Last week, 80 people were killed and dozens injured in a suicide attack on police ranks in Peshawar.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from the aggregate feed.)
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