Mastermind of Sri Lanka team attack in Lahore killed


Malik Ishaq, Head of the banned Pakistani Sunni extremist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the alleged mastermind of the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, was killed in an attempted breakout from Pakistan police on Tuesday.

His two sons and 11 others were also killed during a shootout that ensued after an attempted prison break.

Malik Ishaq was on a US list of global terrorists, and the group he founded has claimed responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of civilians, most of them minority Shiite Muslims.

LeJ, long seen as close to Al Qaeda and more recently accused of developing links with the Islamic State group, has a reputation as one of Pakistan's most ruthless militant groups.