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Apr 10, 2009 at 08:05pm IST

Indian hand in Lahore attack, claims Pak cop

New Delhi: Lahore Police claims to have evidence of Indian hand in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, according to Pakistani media reports.

The Lahore Police announced having information about those responsible for the assault in a press conference.

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Lahore's Capital City Police Officer Pervaiz Rathore said there is evidence of Indian involvement in the Manawan and Liberty Chowk terror attacks.

PAST TENSE: Unidentified gunmen had attacked the Sri Lankan team on March 3 in Lahore.

Rathore did not give any details of the evidence but said arrests will be made soon and that stringent security measures will be adopted to combat terror threats.

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"Involvement of India is definitely there... we are still coordinating with agencies. Will let you know at a later stage," said Rathore.

However, Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma rubbished the claims made by Pakistani police.

"Nobody has ever accused India of such things. India has been the victim of targeted terror attacks. It will be important that their security agencies work put to their things under order," said Sharma.

In the Manawan attack, armed terrorists targeted a police training academy taking several cadets hostage and killing more than 20 people and injuring nearly 100 others.

On the other hand in the Liberty Chowk attack, the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked although none of the players or match officials were seriously injured.

Meanwhile, authorities enhanced security on Friday in Islamabad after sounding a security alert in the wake of renewed terrorist threats, officials said.

The US embassy temporarily suspended its visa and consular services "due to heightened security" with instructions for US diplomats to avoid unnecessary movement and venturing out in public.

American citizens could contact the embassy in case of emergencies, but routine services would resume on Monday, an embassy statement said.

Embassy operations were scaled down only in Islamabad while the US consulates in Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar remained open.

Islamabad has been the scene of deadly terrorist strikes in a recent wave of violence.

Some private schools, mostly serving Pakistan's elite, were also closed after receiving warnings from unknown sources, media reports said.

A senior Taliban commander said on Sunday that terrorists would be carrying out two bombings every week in revenge for US drone attacks on Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan.