Pakistan

ATC acquits two over attack on Sri Lankan cricket team

LAHORE: An Anti-Terrorism Court on Wednesday acquitted two men on charges of attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, ARY News reported. 

The counsel for the suspects Obaidullah and Ibrahim Khalil apprised the court the they both have no connection with the case. He said the police had arrested them on baseless allegations and there was no proof of their connection to the case. Therefore, they should be acquitted as they was no evidence against them.

The prosecutor claimed that both were co-accused in the case and had provided weapons to the terrorists. The court after deliberation acquitted both suspects of all charges over insufficient evidence against them.

Both were alleged to have provided weapons to the terrorists who carried out the attack on March 3, 2009 in Lahore. Six men including the two suspects were indicted over the incident in 2016.

Seven people were killed and twenty included several Sri Lankan players were injured in the brazen attack. The visiting team was attacked near Liberty Square as it left to play a match at the Qadhafi Stadium.

The team had escaped due to the bravery of the bus driver. However, the incident closed the doors for international cricket in Pakistan for several years.

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