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

By REUTERS
March 21, 2017 14:24
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DERA ISMAIL KHAN - A US drone airstrike 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.

Islamist militants are increasingly basing themselves in Afghanistan after an army crackdown in Pakistan, officials in the country say.

The U.S. unmanned aircraft struck 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 specialized 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.

There was no immediate comment from US military officials in Afghanistan.

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 organized 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 militant group Islamic State in the past.


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