Police arrest mastermind of attack on Lankan cricket team
Wednesday, 17 Jun, 2009 | 07:17 PM PST |www.dawn.com
LAHORE: Police have arrested the mastermind of the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, DawnNews quoted CCPO Lahore Pervaiz Rathore as saying.
Naik Muhammad, alias Zubair is described as the mastermind behind the gruesome attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in March which led to abandonment of all international cricket in Pakistan, including the 2011 World Cup.
The terrorists are described as being members of the Punjab group of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, and may have been trained directly by terrorist kingpin Baithullah Mehsud.
According to Rathore, the initial intent of the attackers was to take the cricketers hostage, but that they obviously failed to do so.
Lahore police claims arresting accused of SL team attack
Updated at: 1945 PST, Wednesday, June 17, 2009| www.thenews.com.pk
LAHORE: CCPO Lahore Pervez Rathor Wednesday claimed arresting one of seven men accused of plotting the deadly attack Sri Lankan cricket team at Liberty Chowk in Lahore in March.
The CCPO said the arrested man, identified as Aqeel alias Dr. Usman, is an ex-sepoy of Army Medical Store and that he is associated with a banned organization.
“The police has succeeded in identifying the group involved in masterminding the Liberty Chow attack,” he claimed. However, he said, no further arrests have so far been made.
He said the arrested disclosed during interrogation that Punjabi Tehreek-e-Taliban was behind the Liberty Chowk attack in Lahore and that it is headed by a man named Farooq.
The other accused are Rana Hanif, Zubair alias Naik Muhammad, Smaiullah alias Aijaz, Adnan alias Sajjad and Umer alias Abdul Wahab.
The CCPO said that the arrested Aqeel alias Dr. Usman was also involved in
Seven people including six police guards and the driver of a Sri Lankan team bus were killed when gunmen ambushed the team as it drove to a cricket stadium for a match on 03/03/09.