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Lashkar-e-Taiba linked to cricket team attack in Pakistan

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(Read caption) Pakistani honor guards perform Thursday at the spot of Tuesday's attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan. The attack killed seven people and injured eight.

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LAHORE – Media reports in Pakistan are suggesting the involvement of banned Islamic group Lashkar-e-Taiba in Tuesday's attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team – the same group suspected of having a hand in last November's terrorist attacks in Mumbai – while Pakistan's interior minister said Friday an official probe did not find evidence of "religious elements" in the attack.

Dawn, an English-language daily in Pakistan, reports that preliminary investigations suggest that "a group of headstrong Lashkar activists, who went underground and remained in hiding in Rawalpindi after the crackdown on Lashkar and Jamaatud Dawa in December, had acted on their own and carried out the attack."

The paper adds that investigating officials have ruled out the involvement of Indian spy agency RAW or the Tamil Tigers (LTTE). But Friday, Geo Television Network of Pakistan quoted Mr. Malik as saying "we have not found any leads suggesting the involvement of any religious elements." He also said he could not rule out a "foreign hand" in the attack, and refused to divulge any details of the probe.


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