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Pak authorities arrest Sri Lankan cricket team attacker

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 15:43

Lahore: Pakistani law enforcement
agencies have arrested a terrorist for his involvement in the
attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009.

Acting on a tip-off, police nabbed Adnan Khosa, also
known as Arshad or Sajjad, within the jurisdiction of Raitra
police station, Dera Ghazi Khan district police chief Tassaduq
Hiyat said.

Khosa, whose codename was "Chotu", had been included
in the police`s "Red Book", a list of high-value militants,
Hiyat said.

The arrested terrorist is a resident of Azmat Town and
an operative of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi`s Amjad Farooqi
faction, which has committed several robberies to finance its
terrorist activities.

Khosa`s father, Qari Arshad, said his son had been
studying at the Farooq-e-Azam madrassa in Shah Saddar Din,
from where he went missing with a fellow student.

Arshad said soon after the attack on the Sri Lankan
team in Lahore, law enforcement agencies had picked up Khosa
and his elder brother but they were later released.

He said Khosa later went to Dubai.

Arshad claimed Khosa had had no contact with his
family for the past few years.

In a separate development, police arrested two
suspects in connection with an attack on a Shia procession in
Lahore.

Qari Mustafa and Commander Ameen were picked up from a
neighbourhood in Lahore for their alleged support to suicide
bombers.

Three suicide bombers had targeted the Shia procession
on September 2 last year, killing at least 35 people and
wounding 200.

Explosives, suicide jackets and sophisticated weapons
were recovered from the two arrested men, officials said.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 15:43
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