Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram ‘escapes gun attack’

_84682635_hi028402620Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram’s car has been fired at in Karachi, the country’s commercial capital, media reports say.

The shooting took place near the National Stadium in Karachi’s Karsaz area on Wednesday, reports said. The ex-bowler was not hurt in the attack.

It is unclear if he was the intended target. Police are investigating.

Gun violence is not uncommon in Karachi, with much of it linked to militant groups.

The circumstances of the incident are unclear at the moment, with some reports saying the cricketer was caught up in a road accident, the BBC’s Pakistan correspondent Shahzeb Jillani reports.

Wasim told the Express News channel: “A car hit mine, I stopped him and then his guy stepped out and fired at my car.”

The cricket legend, who retired in 2003, is massively popular in Pakistan.

He is currently taking part in a training camp in Karachi, coaching young bowlers from across the country.

Many in Pakistan, including politician and former cricketer Imran Khan, were quick to condemn the attack and express relief that Wasim was unhurt.

BBc Asia

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