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Pakistan: Militants involved in Lanka cricket team attack killed

Four Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) terrorists who were allegedly involved in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 were shot dead by police on Sunday in Lahore.

world Updated: Aug 29, 2016 01:30 IST
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Pakistani police commandos stand guard at the suicide blast site in Lahore.(AFP File Photo)

Four Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) terrorists who were allegedlyinvolved in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 were shot dead by police on Sunday in Lahore.

According to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the Punjab Police, seven terrorists attacked a CID team in Manawan area of Lahore where offices of the department are located.

“The police team returned the fire, killing four of them on the spotwhile the remaining three managed to escape,” a CTD spokesperson said.

He said the police have launched a search operation in the area to trace the absconding terrorists.

“The dead terrorists have been identified as -- Zubair alias Naik Muhammad, Abdul Wahab, Adnan Arshad and Attiqur Rehman.”

“They were involved in attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team and Moon Market Lahore attack in 2008,” the spokesperson said.

Weapons and explosives from recovered from them.

In June, the Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore had indicted six members of the banned LeJ in the attack case.

The LeJ suspects who were charged by the ATC were -- Obaidullah, Javed Anwar, Ibrahim Khalil, Muhammad, Wahab and Arshad.

Obaidullah, Anwar and Khalil were on bail while the remaining had been lodged in Kot Lakhpat Jail and they had pleaded not guilty.

The ATC had already declared two othersuspects - Mohsin Rasheed and Abdul Rehman - proclaimed offenders.

LeJ chief Malik Ishaq, the alleged mastermind of the attack, was killed last year in an encounter with the CID.

In March 2009, a bus carrying the Sri Lankan team was allegedly attacked by the Taliban and LeJ terrorists at Liberty Chowk, near Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Seven players including the then captain Mahela Jayawaredene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana and Chaminda Vaas were injured, while six Pakistani policemen escorting the team were killed in the attack.

First Published: Aug 28, 2016 10:54 IST