The suspected mastermind of last week’s assault on the Sri Lankan cricket team escaped a police raid on his home in northern Punjab Monday.
Police believe that Mohammed Aqeel, an activist of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a militant group linked to Al Qaeda, organized the terrorist attack in which eight people were killed and seven people were injured. Up to 14 gunmen ambushed the coaches carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team near Gaddafi stadium in Lahore last Tuesday.
Pakistani security sources said that Aqeel had fled his home in Khauta district before the raid early morning although they managed to arrest one of his associates, who was identified only as Talat.
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They fear that most of the gunmen involved in the attack have fled to the lawless tribal regions in Pakistan's North West Frontier.
Police have released sketches of four of the gunmen and detained more than two dozen suspects in raids across Punjab.