One killed, 45 wounded in aerial firings in Pak during WC semi-final match against India

March 31st, 2011 - 12:41 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Mar 31(ANI): One person was killed and 45 others- including children- were wounded in various aerial firing incidents in Pakistan during the high voltage Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final match in Mohali on Wednesday.

While aerial firing was underway in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsada district, a bullet shell hit a nurse of Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, a TV channel reported.

She was taken to a hospital but succumbed to her injuries there, The Nation quoted hospital sources, as saying.

Meanwhile, cricket fans across Karachi resorted to aerial firing on each boundary shot hit by Pakistani players, which resulted in bullet wounds to several persons.

There were hundreds of wide screens set up across the city, where thousands of people had accumulated to watch the much-awaited match.

Heavy contingents of law enforcement agencies were seen across the city, especially at each open cinema.

At least 14 injured were brought to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, seven to Civil Hospital, Karachi, ten to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and others were brought to the Qatar Hospital.

Some of the injured are said to be in a critical condition.

Meanwhile, mixed reaction was witnessed in Quetta after India beat Pakistan by 29 runs in the semi-final match.

The cheers of cricket lovers turned into mourning and the smiles faded away into tears, and some people also fired gunshots in the air in different parts of the city to vent their anger over Pakistan’s loss. (ANI)

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