This is why Swiss ban on Mosque Minarets. World doesn’t want to have Friday blasts and genocides under any Minaret. Friday Blast in Rawalpindi Mosque.

At least 35 dead as militants strike Rawalpindi under Mosque Minaret. Again Islam ghastly took lives of  Muslims in prayer on Friday. Oh! what a religion of Allah and his Prophet (Peace be upon Him) !!!!!!! And come to destroy all our Peace !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Traffic police remove a vehicle (L) as soldiers take up position outside a besieged mosque in Rawalpindi on December 4, 2009. — AFP

RAWALPINDI,Friday, 04 Dec, 2009 : At least 35 people were killed Friday when suicide bombers stormed a packed mosque in Rawalpindi, firing on worshippers and detonating explosives, officials said.

The brazen raid by at least three attackers came as people gathered for Friday prayers in the city adjoining the capital Islamabad. Rawalpindi is also home to the military headquarters and is a frequent target of Taliban attacks.

Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told AFP that between three and five gunmen launched a strike on the mosque frequented by military officers.

The area was cordoned off as soldiers searched for more attackers.

‘ They exploded bombs inside the mosque,’ he told News Agencies. ‘They opened fire on the worshippers. Thirty-five people were killed and 50 were injured. There is no hostage situation. Two terrorists have been killed.’

Witnesses reported at least five blasts, while Interior Minister Rehman Malik told a private television channel that the bombers disguised themselves as worshippers before launching their attack.

‘There were two suicide bombers and the roof of the mosque collapsed…they are taking revenge for the Pakistan army’s successful operations in Swat and Waziristan regions,’ Malik said.

Pakistan is in the grip of a fierce insurgency, with more than 2,570 people killed in attacks in the last two-and-a-half years.

Suicide bombs and attacks have intensified this year as the military pursues offensives against Taliban strongholds across the lawless northwest.

An AFP reporter at the scene said that security forces had set up a secure perimeter around the site, with helicopters circling overhead and security forces preparing to enter the area to flush out any remaining militants.

Abdul Waheed, an official at a nearby traffic police office, said their building was shaken by a huge blast at around noon.

‘We rushed out and saw that the blast was inside the mosque. A few moments later five more blasts were heard,’ Waheed told AFP.

‘According to our estimate, some people had attacked the mosque and a few of them were hiding in a different area of Parade Lane,’ Waheed said, referring to the area where the mosque is located.

Another eye witness, Ishtiaq, told a private television station that he was inside the mosque when he heard several blasts.

‘There were about 200 or 300 worshippers in the hall. Army officials mostly offer their Friday prayers in this mosque,’ he said.

In October, militants stormed the army headquarters in Rawalpindi, sparking a day-long siege which left 22 people dead.

A suspected Taliban suicide attack on a mosque near Pakistan’s army headquarters killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens of others today.

It was the latest in a wave by Islamist insurgents that has left more than 400 dead in Pakistan since October, and a bloody reminder of the resilience of militant networks despite army offensives in the regions bordering Afghanistan.

At least four attackers took part in the assault inside a heavily fortified area in the garrison city of Rawalpindi just a few miles from the capital Islamabad.

Two of the militants entered the mosque, which had up to 200 worshippers inside, while others ran into buildings nearby. Security forces exchanged fire with the assailants for an hour before they blew themselves up.

Nasir Ali Sheikh saw the attackers as he walked to the mosque to pray. He said they were dressed in traditional Pakistani clothing of loose pants and a long tunic and carried hand grenades, automatic weapons and ammunition belts slung around their shoulders.

“They were killing people like animals,” he said. “I couldn’t understand what was happening.”

The mosque’s walls and prayer mats were covered in blood and shattered glass littered the floor.

The attack was the third in Rawalpindi in the last two months. In the most high-profile incident, a team attacked the army headquarters on October 10 and held dozens hostage in a 22-hour stand-off that left nine militants and 14 other people dead.

Today’s attack began when several gunmen staged an explosion to break through a checkpoint close to the mosque.

Two of them were able to enter the mosque and sprayed the congregation with gunfire and grenades.

Violence in Pakistan has escalated since the army launched an offensive in mid-October against Taliban in the north-western tribal area of South Waziristan near the Afghan border.

Soldiers have pushed deep into what was a militant stronghold, but many insurgents appear to have fled.

16 children among 40 martyred in Pindi mosque attack

RAWALPINDI: At least 40 people have been martyred, including 16 children, and over 80 others injured in a terrorist attack at Parade Lane mosque in Rawalpindi.

DG ISPR has put the death toll to 35 including six officers, three policemen and 16 children. While four terrorists were also killed in the retaliatory attacks.

The fire and hand grenade attack in Rawalpindi mosque left 40 people martyred and 83 others injured, RPO Rawalpindi Aslam Tarin confirmed.

According to police sources, terrorists riding on a silver-colored car entered Parade Line area at 1pm on Friday. They entered the colony by using a ladder with the boundary wall. As soon as the Friday prayers began, they barged into the mosque and hurled hand grenades at the people followed by indiscriminate firing. Immediately after this, they blew themselves up with explosives, killing 40 people, including 16 children, and injuring 8others.

The injured were rushed to Military Hospital, CMH Hospital and GHQ Hospital.

Security forces, after receiving reports about the attack, cordoned off the area and killed the four attackers. During this, military helicopters hovered over the area.

Security forces also seized a car from the site of attack, which is suspected to have been used by the terrorists.

A portion of the mosque caved in as a result of the attack.

A former vice army chief General (retd.) Muhammad Yousuf is also among the dead. He sustained injuries in his arm. While a serving Major General was among the martyrs.

Courtesy : Dawn. AFP. AP, The International News,  Aworldnews.

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One Response to “This is why Swiss ban on Mosque Minarets. World doesn’t want to have Friday blasts and genocides under any Minaret. Friday Blast in Rawalpindi Mosque.”

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