At least 70 were killed in Pakistan mosque attacks

Posted by David Khoirul
Gunmen stormed two mosques to group of Ahmadiyah in the eastern city of Lahore, Pakistan, yesterday. At least 70 people were killed.

Some reports even put Friday's death more than 80, with more than 100 people injured. The assailants, about seven to eight people, were suspected of being linked to Taliban, the group heavily influenced by al-Qaeda, according to The Globe and Mail.

The attackers wore vests. They were reported to have struck in residential areas several kilometers apart, at Model Town and Garhi Shahu, charging into the mosques firing machine guns and throwing hand grenades. The attackers came during weekly Friday prayer or shalat Jum'at, around 1:40 p.m. The mosques were packed at that time. The Model Town assault was over relatively quickly, but at Garhi Shahu, a siege, involving hundreds of hostages, continued for about four hours untill police commandos gained control.

Ahmadiyah followers, with the population of four to five million in Pakistan, are declared non-Muslims under the law for Islamic beliefs that many mainstream Muslims regard as heretical. They think that Muhammad was not the last prophet. Ahmadiyah members are regularly the victims of intimidation and violence, and they bloodshed on this scale, marking another grim milestone for Pakistan.

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