Six members of Lashkar-e- Jhanghvi indicted over attack on Sri Lankans

srilanka-890x395Six members of the outlawed Lashkar-e- Jhanghvi (LeJ) terror group have been indicted by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court over the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Press Trust of India reported.

The LeJ suspects who have been charged by the court are Obaidullah, Javed Anwar, Ibrahim Khalil, Abdul Wahab, Zubair and Adnan Arshad. The first three suspects were on bail while the remaining are languishing in Kot Lakhpat Jail. The suspects pleaded not guilty.

The court summoned prosecution witnesses on June 30. The court had already declared two suspects – Mohsin Rasheed and Abdul Rehman – proclaimed offenders. LeJ chief, the alleged mastermind of the attack, was killed last year during an ‘encounter’ with the counter-terrorism department.

In March 2009, the bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by the Taliban and LeJ militants with sophisticated weapons and grenades at Liberty Chowk, near Qaddafi Stadium Lahore.

Seven players including captain Mahela Jayawaredene, his deputy Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana and Chaminda Vaas had sustained injuries while six Pakistani policemen escorting policemen were killed in the attack. (Colombo Gazette)