42 killed as militants attack worship places in Lahore, Pakistan (2)

20:24, May 28, 2010      

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TV channels reported that 20 people were killed in Garhi Shahu area, but there was no official confirmation of these deaths.

Two suicide bombers also said to detonate their explosives in Model Town.

Both worships places are at 15 km distance. Witnesses said the attacks started shortly after prayers.

"A large number of anti-terror police, backed by armored vehicles, rushed to the sites and exchanged fire with the militants," a local resident told Xinhua.

The militants threw hand grenades as they forced their way to enter the worship place and opened fire on the worshippers and held them hostage in Garhi Shahu area, police said.

TV footage showed armed policemen surrounding the worship place. Several injured were also shown while leaving the worship place. At least one armed militant was shown taking position at the top of the worship place and firing at the police.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the firing incidents at Lahore and expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives, the PM office said.

Gilani ordered the authorities for provision of best medical facilities to the injured. He also ordered an enquiry into the incident.


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