Lahore probe points to homegrown link,Lashkar-e-Jhangvi top suspect

An investigation into the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in Lahore has found signs that Pakistani militants with possible ties to al-Qaeda were responsible...

Written by Reuters | Islamabad | Published:March 8, 2009 12:42 am

An investigation into the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in Lahore has found signs that Pakistani militants with possible ties to al-Qaeda were responsible,a senior Pakistani Government official said on Saturday.

“Indications are that it was one of our own homegrown groups,with possible linkages abroad,” the Government official said.

The Friday Times newspaper,quoting a former high-ranking intelligence official in Punjab,said the al-Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants were responsible for Tuesday’s attack. The group has been behind some of the most audacious attacks in Pakistan in recent years. The official said groups such as the LeJ were highest on the list of suspects.

The official dismissed media speculation that India could have been behind the attack as payback for the 26/11 attack on Mumbai. The News daily,in an editorial on Saturday,admonished Pakistani journalists for speculating on Indian involvement without evidence.

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