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Pak arrests Sri Lankan cricket team attacker

world Updated: Jun 18, 2009 01:51 IST

Pakistan on Wednesday announced the arrest of a terrorist allegedly involved in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore and said that Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud's group was behind the audacious strike.

Identifying the arrested person as Zubair alias Nek Mohammad, Lahore police chief Pervaiz Rathore told a crowded news conference in Lahore that the March 3 attack was carried out by "Punjabi Taliban" militants, affiliated to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan of feared terrorist leader Mehsud.

Rathore said Zubair had carried out the attack with six accomplices. All seven terrorists who took part in the assault belonged to the "Punjabi Taliban", he said.

Zubair had identified Aqeel alias Arslan alias Dr Usman as the mastermind of the attack, the police chief said.

Rathore identified the other five terrorists involved in the attack as Samiuallah alias Ijaz, Adnan alias Sajjad, Ajmal alias Ehsan, Farooq Ahmed and Omar alias Abdul Wahab.

Most of them hailed from Dera Ghazi Khan. Samiullah, who belonged to Nankana Sahib, arranged transportation that was used by the terrorists to escape after the attack.

Eight persons were killed and over 20 others, including several Sri Lankan players, injured when the terrorists ambushed the team's motorcade at the busy Liberty traffic roundabout near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.