U.S. drone kills militant blamed for attack on Sri Lanka cricket team in Pakistan | Reuters

By Saud Mehsud | DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan A U.S. drone air strike in Afghanistan has killed a Pakistani militant accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009, Pakistani security sources and Islamist militants said.Pakistani militants have increasingly taken shelter on the Afghan side of the border after an army crackdown in their homeland, Pakistan officials say, although Afghanistan denies harbouring them.The unmanned U.S

Reuters March 21, 2017 21:50:21 IST
U.S. drone kills militant blamed for attack on Sri Lanka cricket team in Pakistan
| Reuters

US drone kills militant blamed for attack on Sri Lanka cricket team in Pakistan
 Reuters

By Saud Mehsud
| DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan A U.S. drone air strike in Afghanistan has killed a Pakistani militant accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009, Pakistani security sources and Islamist militants said.Pakistani militants have increasingly taken shelter on the Afghan side of the border after an army crackdown in their homeland, Pakistan officials say, although Afghanistan denies harbouring them.The unmanned U.S. aircraft targeted a car carrying Qari Mohammad Yasin, also known as Ustad Aslam, on Sunday in the southwestern Afghan province of Paktika bordering Pakistan, Pakistani intelligence sources said.The attack killed Yasin, who specialised in training suicide bombers, and three other militants, added the officials, who declined to be identified as they are not allowed to talk to the media.A U.S. military spokesman in Kabul said U.S. forces had conducted a drone strike in Paktika on Sunday but he declined to provide details, citing operational security reasons.

Pakistan's Counter-Terrorism Department had offered a bounty of 2 million rupees ($19,000) for Yasin, saying he was involved in the 2009 bus attack in the northeastern city of Lahore, allegedly organised by militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.Confirmation of the death came from Ali bin Sufyan, spokesman for a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi offshoot, Al Alami, which has cooperated with Islamic State militants in the past.

The group carried out a bomb attack on Pakistan's military in the southwestern province of Baluchistan as "revenge", he added, without giving details.The attack on the Sri Lankan team bus led to Pakistan's exclusion from the role of hosting major international tours. At least 10 gunmen fired on the Sri Lankan bus with rifles, grenades and rockets, wounding six players and a British coach, and killing eight Pakistanis.

Since then, Pakistan has been forced to play most of its "home" games in the United Arab Emirates.Pakistani police last year said they killed three other militants involved in the 2009 attack.($1=104.7000 Pakistani rupees) (Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

also read

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources
| Reuters
World

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources | Reuters

By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States

China's Xi says navy should become world class
| Reuters
World

China's Xi says navy should become world class | Reuters

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.