Loading...

Suicide Attacks at Minority Muslim Sect Mosques in Lahore

21,872 views

Loading...

Loading...

Transcript

The interactive transcript could not be loaded.

Loading...

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Uploaded on May 31, 2010

The mosques in Model Town and Garhi Shahu are 15km (9.5 miles) apart and attackers stormed both mosques around 2pm. This is the first time that Ahmadi places of worship have been the target of daring organised Taliban-style attacks. But this is also the first spectacular attack in Lahore since March, and indicates that military action against their bases in the north-western tribal region has not yet destroyed their ability to strike at will. Lahore has always been an obvious target being the cultural and political centre of Pakistan's most populous province.

Punjabi militant groups have been active here since the 1980s. Sectarian attacks emerged after these groups were exposed to bomb-making and weaponry in Afghanistan during that period.

Groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) have long been responsible for sectarian militant attacks. Many such groups are largely led by Punjabis. Many of these groups are closely allied with the Taliban - they have hideouts in the Punjab. Militant attacks in Lahore have long been seen as the handiwork of Punjabi Taliban in association with such long-established sectarian outfits. On the ground in Punjab, it is difficult to draw a line between these groups. It is difficult to tell one from the other so closely associated have they become.

Loading...

When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next


to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...