Lanka team attackers fired weapons used by India: Pak daily

The rocket-launchers and explosives used in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team are in the use of Indian forces, Dawn has learnt. According to a forensic report, four rocket-launchers and nine explosives seized from the scene are factory-made and used by Indian forces.

Forty grenades, 10 sub-machine guns (SMGs), five pistols, 577 live rounds of SMGs and 160 bullets of pistols were also found there. The terrorists had fired 312 bullets, two rockets and detonated two bombs.

"No suicide jacket was found at the scene, suggesting that they were not on a suicide mission. The SMGs used in the attack are of Russian, German and Chinese made," an investigator said.

Six policemen and a Pakistan Cricket Board van driver lost their lives when a group of a dozen terrorists ambushed Sri Lankan cricketers' convoy in Lahore on March 3. Six of the Sri Lankan players suffered injuries.

Though none of the 12 terrorists involved has been arrested, investigators have come up with a claim based on 'positive leads' that none of the militant organisations in the country had the capacity to carry out the attack without the help of a state agency. "The ammunition and communication network is the base of our claim that a state agency is also involved," said the investigator. He said over 100 suspects have been taken into custody.

Investigators say the mastermind had four objectives: (1) To sour Pakistan's relations with Sri Lanka, (2) to stop foreign teams from coming to Pakistan, (3) to destabilise Pakistan and (4) to tell it (Pakistan) that its state agency is more capable than its (ISI) in carrying out such attacks even in the midst of huge security presence.

(Courtesy Dawn)

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