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Pakistani officer leading operation dies of injuries: report
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09:50, July 08, 2007

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Commando Lt. Col. Haroon Islam early Sunday morning died of injuries he suffered Saturday night in firing near Lal Masjid, an Islamabad-based defiant mosque, according to local TV reports.

Islam, who was leading the operation against the hardline militants in the mosque, died in a hospital in Rawalpindi, some 30 kilometers south from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, according to the reports.

On Saturday, the fifth day of the mosque crisis, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said that the remaining militants in Lal Masjid would surrender or die.

"They should not prolong, they should surrender and hand over their weapons, otherwise they risk being killed," he said.

"The government has enough power and no one can stand before its might," he said, "Our concern is for children and women and we are showing lot of patience and restraint."

Musharraf said that the government had been showing patience in dealing with Lal Masjid and trying to save lives as many as possible.

Source: Xinhua

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