Blast near Gaddafi stadium during Zimbabwe-Pakistan ODI kills two

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At least two people have been killed on Friday in a blast at Kalima Chowk outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore where an ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe was ongoing at the time.

Pakistan’s information minister Pervaiz Rashid has said the blast that killed two people, including a police officer, near the Gaddafi Stadium here was a suicide attack.

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Rashid told Geo News, “An attempt to attack the Gaddafi Stadium was foiled by the gallantry of a police official, who lost his life while trying to stop the attacker near Kalma Chowk.”

The provincial police’s inspector general of operations, while addressing a press briefing said two people including a Sub-Inspector Abdul Majeed and a civilian Rizwan were killed in the blast.

This is the first tour of any international cricket team to Pakistan since the attack on Sri Lankan Cricket Team by Taliban in March 2009 near Gaddafi Stadium.