The head fanatic of the Red Mosque in Islamabad has been killed in an assault on the compound by Pakistani special forces: Chief siege cleric killed as rebel mosque falls.
Former mosque leader: Abdul Rashid Ghazi
* CNN reported that he was ‘caught in the cross-fire’.
Like he was an innocent by-stander or something….
The body of Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who earlier had predicted that his “martyrdom was certain”, was discovered in a basement this afternoon.
Around fifty of his Islamist followers have also been killed in the offensive to reclaim the mosque, which the Pakistani authorities say is now 90 per cent complete. But hundreds of women and children are thought to be still holed up in underground bunkers, as the last remaining militants mount a desperate defence.
* Wait a minute, let it sink in:...hundreds of women and children are thought to be still holed up in underground bunkers, as the last remaining militants mount a desperate defence.
What’s a mosque without underground bunkers? Normal thing, right? Doesn’t your church or synagogue have underground bunkers?
Pakistani commandos stormed the mosque compound before dawn today in an attempt to end an eight-day stand-off between militants and the government. Troops fought house-to-house as they battled their way through the mosque complex as militants and radical students returned fire from among the minarets and debris.
* As always, when Muhammedan’s are ‘whipped into a fanatical frenzy which is more dangerous than hydrophobia in a dog’ (Churchill) they set out to burn Western aid agencies to the ground.
Result can be seen here:
A man examines the damage at the tented offices of a Western aid agency after it was ransacked by angry protesters in Battagram, 200 km (125 miles) from Islamabad July 10, 2007. The protesters were protesting against an assault by Pakistani forces on the Lal Masjid or Red Mosque. REUTERS/Ibrar Tanoli (PAKISTAN)
“Pakistan military assault on mosque continues; at least 58 dead UPDATE,” from Thomson Financial via JW: