Mosque Attacks Kill 80 in Pakistan
Posted on May 28, 2010
Simultaneous attacks on two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, killed more than 80 people Friday morning as militants targeted a minority Islamic sect.
The Pakistani Taliban is believed to be behind the attacks.
The minority Ahmadis have been the subject of sectarian attacks and persecution in Pakistan for decades after the government in 1974 declared the sect to be non-Muslim. —JCL
Gunmen have launched simultaneous raids on two mosques of the minority Ahmadi Islamic sect in Lahore, killing more than 80 people, Pakistani police say.
The attackers fired guns and threw grenades at worshippers during Friday prayers. Three militants later blew themselves up with suicide vests.
Pakistani forces have secured both buildings, but are still searching for militants who fled the scene.
Lahore has been the scene of a string of brazen attacks.
A minaret rises above a mosque in Lahore, Pakistan.