Sunday, April 20, 2014


Pakistani Officials Close Red Mosque Indefinitely

<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/8A00C9F9-3513-4CD3-A1F6-5C342792DA56_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="The Red Mosque in 2004 (epa)"> <img alt="The Red Mosque in 2004 (epa)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/8A00C9F9-3513-4CD3-A1F6-5C342792DA56_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>The Red Mosque in 2004 (epa)</p></div>July 28, 2007 -- Pakistani authorities today announced the indefinite closure of the Red Mosque in Islamabad, one day after a suicide attack near the compound killed 15 people, including eight policemen.

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Hundreds of policemen have been posted to the area and closed it off with barbed wire.


Earlier this month, the authorities raided the mosque after a five-month stand-off with Islamic students, killing and arresting scores of people.


Since then, extremists have launched several attacks around Pakistan to avenge the mosque operation, killing more than 200 people, mostly policemen.


On July 27, a group of radicals temporarily took control of the mosque once again, but were later repelled.


(dpa)

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