Zimbabwe Confused Whether to Continue Tour after Suicide Blast
Explained as an electricity transformer blast initially by police, the explosion near Gaddafi Stadium during the second ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe has now been described as a suicide attack. A sub-inspector was killed and several people injured in the incident.
Although the PCB has said that the remaining match on Sunday will go ahead as planned, the Zimbabwe team management and players will have a meeting with host board officials and security authorities this afternoon to determine the fate of the tour.
"We heard a blast during the match yesterday. We do not know what it was," a Zimbabwe team spokesman said. "We have held a team meeting to inform everyone that our hosts are coming this afternoon to talk to us about the incident."
"The incident happened away from the main premises and nothing is affected," a PCB spokesman told a cricket news-corrspondent. "The tour will go ahead as planned and the Zimbabwe team will continue with their usual activities today, though they are not training today. They will play the third match on Sunday and subsequently will fly back in the wee hours of Monday."
Initially, the players were told on the way from the stadium to the hotel after the match that it was a low-intensity transformer blast near Gaddafi Stadium. Ameen Vais, the Capital City Police Officer, had also earlier informed that it was a minor transformer blast, in a bid to avoid any panic.
The incident took place near the outermost ring of the three-tier security of Nishtar Park complex at Ferozpur road, near Pakistan Sports Board Coaching Centre street, about 800 metres from the Gaddafi Stadium, and was audible to those in the ground and even inside the enclosed press box.
It is understood that the attacker was standing beside the first checkpost installed at Ferozpur road for the general public coming to Gaddafi Stadium. The match remained unaffected after the blast while the paramilitary forces guarding the first layer cordoned off the area. Within 30 minutes, the entire area in the radius of 2 km was locked down and closed for general traffic.
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