19 killed as militants attack mosques in Lahore, Pakistan

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At least 19 people were killed and 30 others were injured on Friday when two groups of unknown militants attacked two mosques almost simultaneously in the Pakistani eastern city of Lahore, witnesses and TV channels reported.

The killed included three militants and the injured have been shifted to the nearby hospitals.

The shootouts between the gunmen and police are underway as a large number of worshippers are said to be present at the worship places.

The attacks were carried out at Garhi Shahu and Model Town Block C areas of Lahore, the capital of Punjab Province.

The militants, wearing jackets and holding hand grenades, entered the worship places. They also held hundreds of worshippers as hostages in the city, witnesses said.

The militants threw hand grenades and opened fire on the people inside the mosques, the private TV Geo reported.

Heavy contingents of police have reached to the spot and cordoned off the places.

A previously unknown group identified itself as Al-Qaeda Al- Jihad Punjab Wing has claimed responsibility of the incident, according to ARY news.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王寒露)

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