While bombs go off in the neighborhood, -just to make sure that everyone knows that Islam is a ‘Religion of Peace’-, there is not even one shred of evidence that the bomb blast has anything to do with the red mosque.
* It must be the Joozzz again…
Update: 4 dead, at least 20 severely wounded
Change that: 14 dead, 40 severly wounded, many policemen among the victimsÂ
ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Islamists occupied Pakistan’s Red Mosque and began repainting its walls in their original colour after it reopened following this month’s bloody army raid, an AFP reporter and police said.
Source: AFP via Al Jazeera
Islamabad – Islamists turned mid-day prayers into an angry protest demonstration Friday in the Lal Masjid mosque – the scene of a deadly assault earlier in the month when government troops stormed the compound to battle against armed militants inside.
The mosque was reopened to the public three weeks after violent clashes erupted there between security forces and Islamic militants beginning on July 3, which climaxed with the July 10-11 commando assault that left scores of people dead.
A few bearded men stood up in the mosque’s main hall Friday as soon as a cleric began to make the call to prayer at around 12:35 pm.
Soon most of the people began chanting slogans of jihad and refused to offer the prayers led by a government-appointed cleric to replace Lal Masjid’s chief administrator, Maulana Abdul Aziz, who is currently in the custody of police.
The cleric, Mohammad Ashfaq, was led out of the mosque safely.
The protesters and other worshippers were allowed entry into the mosque after being frisked by police, who had cordoned off all access points leading to the Lal Masjid.
Security was on high alert in Islamabad with intelligence reports of possible suicide bombings by militants.
* But suicide bombings are forbidden in Islam, so there is nothing to worry about, right?
Pakistan has witnessed a surge in attacks on security forces since the mosque siege, with extremists calling to avenge the deaths of ‘innocent sisters, brothers and sons.’
The government said some 75 militants were killed in the raid, in which the security forces also suffered about a dozen casualties. But the full extent of the casualties has not been able to be confirmed by independent sources.