Pakistan zeroes in on Lahore mastermind

March 9th, 2009 - 5:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 9 (IANS) Pakistan has zeroed in on the alleged mastermind of last week’s terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, a media report said Monday.
“The Lahore police have named the mastermind as Mohammad Aqeel. A raid was conducted on his hideout but he managed to escape,” Geo TV said.

“His accomplice Talat has been arrested,” the channel added.

Eight Pakistanis, including six security personnel, were killed and six Sri Lankan players as well as the team’s assistant coach injured March 3 when the team bus was on its way to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third day’s play in the second cricket test.

The tour was immediately called off and the Sri Lankan team was flown home the same evening.

Without naming India, Pakistan first saw a “foreign hand” in the attack but soon retracted, saying the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group could be involved.

Investigators have now been quoted as saying that the Al Qaeda could be involved.

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