12 killed as gunmen attack hospital in Pakistan's Lahore (2)

13:53, June 01, 2010      

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District Coordination Officer of Lahore Sajjad Bhutta said that the attackers fled and the police cleared the hospital. The police are following the militants and they will not be allowed to flee, provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah said.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that he does not know if the injured militant was under treatment in the same hospital. He said security should be tightened for the injured militant, which the investigators consider as main source of information to reach to the network of the militants.

The police chief said that one attacker was injured in the exchange of firing.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited Jinnah hospital and praised the policemen who lost lives in operation against the armed militants.

Witnesses said that the group of four militants stormed the hospital and moved into the building and fired at the Intensive Care Unit where the injured militant was thought to be under treatment.

Police sources said that two suspects were arrested from the hospital premises and are being questioned.

Relatives and attendants of the patients, including women and aged people, fled after the militants stormed the hospital and opened fire with automatic guns. TV footage showed people fleeing hospital in panic.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the attack by terrorists in Lahore and said such inhuman act of brutality could only be conducted by those who neither believe in humanity nor any religion.

The government would not spare such elements who want to create panic and disrupt our social fabric, a statement from the PM office said.

The prime minister directed the law enforcement agency to crack down upon the criminals involved in such heinous crimes and bring them to book, it said.

Source: Xinhua


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