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Some 80 killed in Pakistani mosque attack

Other News Materials 28 May 2010 21:44 (UTC +04:00)
Some 80 people were killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on two mosques in Pakistan's second largest city of Lahore on Friday, Pakistani TV said, citing city authorities.
Some 80 killed in Pakistani mosque attack

Some 80 people were killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on two mosques in Pakistan's second largest city of Lahore on Friday, Pakistani TV said, citing city authorities.

The attack began when a group of armed men threw grenades and opened fire at about 2,000 worshippers who had gathered for Friday prayers in two Ahmadi mosques in the eastern Pakistani city. At least 100 people were injured, RIA Novosti reported.

Pakistani TV reported that commandos stormed the mosques and freed the hostages after a two-hour battle.

The Islamist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab, a branch of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Several suspected militants were killed in the operation and two were captured.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab group unites several terrorist organizations in eastern Pakistan's Punjab province.

The Ahmadi Islamic sect has long been discriminated against and has suffered occasional attacks by extremist Sunnis, but nothing on this scale.

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