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Mastermind behind attack on Sri Lankan cricket team indentified
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Pakistan has identified the mastermind allegedly blamed for the deadly attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in eastern Pakistan, local television reported on Monday.

The man who allegedly masterminded the attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore, capital of Punjab province, is Muhammad Aqeel who belongs to a banned outfit in Pakistan, private Geo TV channel said.

The intelligence agencies had raided a flat in Lahore with the aim of arresting Muhammad Aqeel, but he succeeded in escaping, sources said.

Report said that Muhammad Aqeel was also involved in the attack on former president Pervez Musharraf.

At least seven people including five policemen were killed and 19 others including seven Sri Lankan cricket players were injured in the terrorist attack on March 3.

But there is no official investigative report on the attack so far.

Reports quoted sources as saying that some terrorists belong to Lahore and others come from northwestern Pakistan's tribal areas along the Afghan border.

Governor of Pakistan's Punjab province Salmaan Taseer told reporters on Thursday that the investigations have reached tangible conclusions and they have identified the people who attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team.

(Xinhua News Agency March 9, 2009)

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