68 killed as militants attack two worship places in Lahore, Pakistan

21:34, May 28, 2010      

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Damaged vehicles are seen in Garhi Shahu area after a militant attack in eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, Pakistan, on May 28, 2010. At least 30 people were killed and 41 others were injured on Friday when two groups of unknown militants attacked two worship places almost simultaneously in Lahore, witnesses and TV channels reported. (Xinhua/Jamil Ahmad)
At least 68 people were killed and more than 70 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 Pakistani 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.

About 46 dead bodies were found from the worship place at Garhi Shahu,according to TV channels.

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

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