Friday, May 28, 2010

Scores killed as attackers target Ahmadi worshipers in Lahore

For a background on militancy and its causes in Pakistan, see related posts here, here, and here.

Attackers target Lahore’s Ahmadi worshippers; 70 dead
Dawn, May 28, 2010

"LAHORE: Gunmen attacked worshippers from the Ahmadi community in two worship places of Lahore on Friday, taking hostages and killing at least 70 people, officials said.

The gunmen opened fire shortly after Friday prayers and threw what could have been grenades at two Ahmadi worship places in residential neighbourhoods in Pakistan's cultural capital.

Sajjad Bhutta, deputy commissioner of Lahore, said at least 70 people had been killed in the twin attacks on worship places in Garhi Shahu and Model Town. A total of 78 were injured.

The death toll at Garhi Shahu was higher, Bhutta said, because three attackers blew themselves up with suicide vests packed with explosives when police tried to enter the building."

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