Terrorists involved in Sri Lankan cricket team attack killed in Lahore raid

Published: August 28, 2016
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Younus Khan walks past the bullet-ridden team bus in Lahore on March 3, 2009. PHOTO: AFP

Younus Khan walks past the bullet-ridden team bus in Lahore on March 3, 2009. PHOTO: AFP

Three terrorists, who were allegedly involved in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, were killed in a police encounter in Lahore on Sunday, Express News reported.

According to the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), local authorities had received information regarding terrorists hiding in a building in Lahore’s Manawan area. As police entered the area, they were ambushed by seven terrorists resulting in an hour-and-and-a-half long gun battle.

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Four attackers were killed in the firing exchange, with others fleeing the scene for which the CTD has already started a search operation. “The police team, which came under attack from terrorists, returned fire, killing four of them on the spot while the remaining three managed to escape,” said a CTD spokesperson.

According to police, the deceased have been identified as Zubair alias Naik Muhammad, Abdul Wahab, Adnan Arshad and Attiqur Rehman. Three were directly involved in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, whereas Rehman was a prime suspect in Moon Market bombing in Lahore in 2008.

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The attack of Sri Lankan cricket team claimed the lives of seven police officials, and injured seven players including Mahela Jayawaredene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana and Chaminda Vaas.

More than 70 people were killed in Moon Market bombing.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Prada
    Aug 28, 2016 - 11:54AM

    That was quick !
    Since the shooters are gone, cricket can resume in Pakistan !!Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Aug 28, 2016 - 12:53PM

    how many times? number of terrorists involved in attacks on srilankan team and APS baffles me. how many were they?Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Aug 28, 2016 - 2:36PM

    No information about which organization they belonged to. Were they the “good terrorists” turned “bad terrorists?”
    More info needed.Recommend

  • Sabir
    Aug 28, 2016 - 2:43PM

    Another flaw in Punjab ATC and police. How come these bad guys were in Lahore with out been detected. The dead body cannot speak and the survivor has escaped. Very hard to believe. Let hope they didn’t killed innocent people as an escape goat. Get your fact right. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 28, 2016 - 3:31PM

    IF TRUE …….good job.Recommend

  • observer
    Aug 28, 2016 - 4:23PM

    Everyday we hear of APS and Sri Lanka attack terrorists being killed.

    I wonder How are they identified?

    Do they carry Identity Cards proclaiming their past terror acts??Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 28, 2016 - 5:50PM

    Those who lied in media and establishment at that time should be ashamed of themselves. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 28, 2016 - 5:56PM

    @BrainBro:
    They were carrying RAW ID…that speaks for itself, no ?Recommend

  • Gaz
    Aug 28, 2016 - 6:26PM

    I bet if you dig deeper don’t be surprised if these people were some how linked to PML-N, don’t forget at time there was threat of governor rule in Punjab and issues between PPP goverment and PML-N, Sharifs had to show what they can do in Punjab.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Aug 28, 2016 - 6:56PM

    This is the Nth time I have read a news report claiming “terrorists involved in Sri Lanka team attack eliminated” !

    Is anyone keeping a count ?Recommend

  • JD
    Aug 28, 2016 - 7:47PM

    So they’ve been living in Lahore for 7 good years?Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Aug 28, 2016 - 8:59PM

    That was a terrorist attack. What a discovery! But sad part is, those responsible were promoted by Shabaz Sharif when he returned after brief Governor Rule. It was the most inhuman and anti people step.Recommend

  • Kickass
    Aug 28, 2016 - 9:04PM

    Can’t believe. A full contingent of Punjab Police had surrendered to Chotu gang and now this! A fake encounter?Recommend

  • Shahbaz Yusuf
    Aug 28, 2016 - 10:39PM

    Kill them all. Thse agents of chaos and death have no place in society. Eradicate these rats.Recommend

  • truthbetold
    Aug 28, 2016 - 11:10PM

    @Prada:

    “Since the shooters are gone, cricket can resume in Pakistan !!”

    Not so fast. The madrassahs have already produced thousands of replacements for these killed terrorists. The supply chain is solid, well-establsihed and never ending.Recommend

  • Sam
    Aug 29, 2016 - 1:27AM

    Wouldn’t it be prudent to capture them since they were cornered? Why the loose ends always have to remain loose? Looks like LEA just want to be judge jury and executioner all the times. Who would know if these guys were other terrorists or were just thugs or it was all staged? Recommend

  • Mohammed Sattar
    Aug 29, 2016 - 2:13AM

    Police were ambushed and yet not a single police officer injured or killed and all terrorists killed. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 29, 2016 - 4:20AM

    @Babloo:
    Sure, just like we read this was the Nth time so and so ISIS or Al Queda ‘top commander’ was taken out by a US drone in Yemen, Iraq or Libya, etc., only to have him miraculously reappear again..Recommend

  • khan ahmed
    Aug 29, 2016 - 12:50PM

    Just like the story of failed Bollywood movie. Recommend

  • Rahul
    Aug 29, 2016 - 7:54PM

    There is no verification who was killed, when they were killed, were they really the right terrorists, was anybody really killed etc. Operation Zarb-E-Azb goes on indefinitely with airstrikes every now and the and top commanders killed. Karachi rule by DG Rangers gets extended indefinitely with people disappearing everyday. When are Pakistanis going to wake and demand some accountability?Recommend

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