30 people injured in Pakistan due to stray gun shots

Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 10:29 AM IST

Karachi: Around 30 people including children were injured in firing incidents in the city during the World Cup semi-final between Pakistan and India. Police reported that the people were injured due to stray gun shot wounds which resulted because of celebratory firing indulged in different areas.

"People resorted to aerial firing to celebrate an Indian wicket or to cheer a boundary in the Pakistan innings but stray bullets hit people around them including children who were taken to hospitals for treatment," police official Khan Bahadur said.

Not surprisingly as soon as the semi-final ended in defeat for Pakistan, the guns fell silent as plans to celebrate a Pakistan victory were canceled yesterday.

In other parts of the country also the high tension match led to casualties. In Rawalpindi, a student took poisonous pills after being depressed by the defeat, while in Faisalabad a 65-year-old succumbed to a heart attack during the match.