Four LeJ extremists involved in attack on Sri Lanka cricket team shot dead: Pakistan police

Ajantha Mendis (in picture) was one of the seven Sri Lankan cricketers to have sustained injuries during the terror attack. Photograph:( Getty )

WION Lahore, Pakistan Aug 28, 2016, 04.09 AM (IST)
Four militants of the outlawed Lashkar-e- Jhanghvi (LeJ), who were allegedly involved in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, were gunned down by Pakistan police today.

Authorities said a gunbattle ensued after seven armed men belonging to LeJ attacked a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team in Manawan area of Lahore where offices of the department are located. 

"They were involved in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 and Moon Market Lahore attack in 2008," a police spokesperson said, adding that weapons and explosives were recovered from their possession. 

Police have identified the slain militants as Zubair alias Naik Muhammad, Abdul Wahab, Adnan Arshad and Attiqur Rehman.

The three other militants managed to escape but police have launched a search operation to nab them. 

In March 2009, the Sri Lankan cricket team bus was attacked by LeJ and Taliban operatives in Lahore, injuring seven cricketers and killing six security personnel. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)