One of the main accused in the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 in Pakistan’s Lahore has claimed that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had planned to take the visiting players hostage and bargain for the release of some of its detained members.
Abdul Wahab alias Omar, who is under detention, told Geo News that the operation against the Sri Lankan team was planned in Waziristan. Wahab said 12 of them were designated for this mission and he belonged to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Amjad Farooqi group. He said the purpose of the attack at the Liberty roundabout was to take the Sri Lankan players hostage. Wahab revealed that they were supposed to take them hostage and then their superiors would have bargained their release in exchange for some of their companions in their custody. Five Sri Lankan players were injured and six Pakistani policemen and a van driver were killed in the attack in March, 2009, which led to foreign teams turning down touring Pakistan. Pakistani authorities have made several arrests in the case.