Mastermind of attack on Sri Lankan team killed in Paktika
KABUL (Pajhwok): A dreaded Pakistani terrorist linked to the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore was killed in a joint operation by Afghan and US Special Forces in Afghanistan, a media report said on Sunday.
Qari Ajmal, a leader of the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LeJ), was involved in a number of high-profile attacks. He was killed in the Orgun district of Paktika province; The Express Tribune quoted sources close to Taliban commanders as saying.
Ajmal had fled to Waziristan after the attack on the Sri Lankan team, in which seven policemen were killed. Seven visiting players Mahela Jayawaredene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana and Chaminda Vaas were injured.
Ajmal was associated with Hakimullah Mehsood, chief of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He later fled to Afghanistan like many other Pakistani militants and had been living with Mehsud Taliban in Paktika province.
Ajmal is the second senior Pakistani militant commander to be killed in Afghanistan in nearly two weeks. On September 25, leading Pakistani Taliban commander Azam Tariq and his son were killed in Paktika.
Tribal sources say foreign and Afghan forces also arrested Naseer Waeer, a commander of the Hakimullah group, during the operation in Paktika. Most Taliban relocated to Paktika from Waziristan as a result of ongoing military operations.
In August, three suspected terrorists involved in the attack on the Sri Lankan team were killed in a police encounter in Lahore’s Manawan area.
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