Pakistan arrests six more suspects over the attack on Sri Lanka cricket team

Mar 29, Lahore: Pakistan police have arrested six more suspects alleged of attacking the Sri Lanka national cricket team during their tour in Lahore in March 2009.

An AFP report citing Lahore city police chief, Aslam Tareen said the latest arrests were made in different swoops in central Punjab province, but gave no precise dates.

“We have arrested six people, they were actively involved in the attack on the Sri Lankan team. They belonged to the TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan),” AFP quoted Tareen.

The visiting Sri Lankan team came under a terrorist attack in Lahore when they were on the way to the Gaddafi Stadium to play the third day of the second Test match on March 03, 2009.

A total of seven players and team’s British assistant coach, Paul Farbrace were injured in the attack, which also left eight Pakistani security officers dead.

The attack isolated Pakistan as a host country to play the sport and Pakistan lost rights to host the 2011 ICC World cup due to the attack.

Pakistan authorities have two other suspects in custody over the attack and the recent arrests have followed the interrogation of the two suspects.

The Pakistani Security forces in October 2009 last year arrested a terrorist commander, Aqeel alias Dr.Usman, who had worked in the Army Medical Corps, for allegedly masterminding the attack.

Another suspect identified as Qari Omar Arbab who belongs to the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has been arrested in November 2010.

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