At least 95 killed in terror attacks on Ahmadis in Lahore
A massacre of scores of people belonging to the Ahmedi sect took place in Lahore this afternoon. This sect, which was declared as a religious minority in 1974 by the then prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, has its origin in the late 19th century in British India. Regarded heretical by conservative Muslims, the hatred towards the Ahmedis have been encouraged and incited by a small group of the Sunni Muslim majority of the country.
In one of the deadliest coordinated attacks, two groups of terrorists targeted mosques at heavily-congested Garhi Shahu and the posh Model Town area at around 1.45 pm local time when worshippers were about to start the prayers.
Reports received from different hospitals put the death toll at "around 80", District Administration Chief Sajjad Bhutta told reporters.
Other officials said nearly 100 people were injured, some of them seriously.