42 killed as militants attack worship places in Lahore, Pakistan

20:24, May 28, 2010      

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A security official examines sacks of explosives in Lahore, Punjab province March 16, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)
At least 42 people were killed and 41 others injured on Friday when two groups of unknown militants attacked two worship places almost simultaneously in eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, witnesses and TV channels reported.

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

The militants, wearing suicide jackets and holding hand grenades,entered the worship places of a religious group Ahmadi, declared non-Muslims in Pakistan in early 1970s, and held hostage hundreds of worshipers in Garhi Shahu, witnesses said.

According to the local TV channels, almost after two hours of struggle the situation was brought under control.

Detainees came out from the Garhi Shahu worship place after police complete operation against terrorists.

Police said earlier that security forces had completed the operation at Model Town and killed five militants.

Dr Rizwan, Director General of the Police Rescue, said that 22 people were confirmed dead in Model Town area as seven militants attacked the worship place. He said that 21 people were injured who were shifted to several hospitals.


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