May 28th, 2010
09:02 AM ET

At least 47 killed in Lahore attacks

Islamabad, Pakistan - Bombing attacks in Pakistan targeting houses of worship for a persecuted religious minority have killed at least 47 people, officials said on Friday. The strikes took place at two mosques in Lahore belonging to the Ahmadi religious group.

At least 20 people were killed at the Baitul Noor place of worship in the Model Town region after two attackers on motorbikes fired at the entrance of the building and tossed hand grenades, a rescue official told CNN.

Police have since cleared the scene, and one of the attackers is critically injured. The other clad in a suicide jacket was detained.

In the other location, Garhi Shahu, at least five bodies were recovered, the official said. One witness there told CNN he saw two attackers armed with AK-47s and another witness said he saw at least four gunmen.

Ahmadis regard themselves as Muslim. But the government says they aren't and many Muslim extremists have targeted them.

The group, which is thought to number between 3 and 4 million people in the country, endures "the most severe legal restrictions and officially-sanctioned discrimination" among Pakistan's religious minorities, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

USCIRF, an independent, bipartisan U.S. government commission, said in its latest annual report that "Ahmadis may not call their places of worship 'mosques,' worship in non-Ahmadi mosques or public prayer rooms which are otherwise open to all Muslims, perform the Muslim call to prayer, use the traditional Islamic greeting in public, publicly quote from the Koran, or display the basic affirmation of the Muslim faith."

The agency says it's illegal for the group to preach publicly, pursue converts, pass out religious material, restricted from holding public conferences and traveling to Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage.

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  1. PSH

    Back to main what next /Next Entry ::::from these talibanis in AF..............God also dont know ...........call.......911

    June 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel-2

    i dont want to post because most of you get mad at my ignorant comments!

    June 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Anyone that uses their religion to kill others will rot in hell!

    May 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ruslan

    good job, Taliban
    further so
    kill so many aliens as possible!!!

    May 29, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Aneesha

    Wow. More hate in religion; how ironic? Okaaay.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Abdulameer

    More mass murder from Moslems! Let's hear it for the Religion of Peace!
    One of the reasons that the Ahmadis are not considered Moslems by the rest of the Moslem world is that the Ahmadis reject the standard mainstream Islamic doctrine of permanent war against non-Moslems, the doctrine of the "offensive jihad for the sake of Allah." In Islamic law, anyone who rejects any standard Islamic doctrine is considered an unbeliever, a non-Moslem. That is why Pakistan, whose official name is The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, refuses to recognize Ahmadis as Moslems.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Marine

      Just a quick question. Are you really that ignorant or did you spell MUSLIM/MUSLIMS incorrectly on purpose?

      May 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        hey devil dog, consult a thesaurus before you post publicly...

        June 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Iraq Paramedic

    I think Pakistan ( ISI ) needs to learn how to be a civilized society. They seem to be as bad as the Taliban in some aspects.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Lennybaby

      That's why the ultimate goal of Washington is to supplant Islam with Capitalism and eventually make Islam a thing of the past in order to facilitate the building of the American Anglo-French Empire over there.

      May 28, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Jon

        Lennybaby, u truly truly r one of the most ignorant people i have heard of. i truly feel sry people that u interact with.

        May 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • pplr

        Capitalism is an economic system, Islam is a religion.

        There may be times when the 2 interact on a topic but they tend to focus on 2 different issues and it is hard to replace one with the other.

        That you claim that some are trying to replace one with the other makes me ask how much you really know about either.

        June 1, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |