Deadly Shootout at Islamabad’s ‘Red Mosque’
Posted on Jul 3, 2007
A clash between Pakistani police and students associated with the Lal Masjid (“Red Mosque”) in Islamabad resulted in nine deaths Tuesday, and 140 were reported wounded, according to the BBC.
Armed students at the mosque and religious schools linked to it have defied the authorities for months in a campaign for Islamic Sharia law.
The mosque and the two madrassas (religious schools) attached to it - one for men, the other for women - have been at the centre of a number of high-profile incidents.
These include the kidnapping of police and people the mosque’s leaders say are involved in immoral activities such as prostitution.