Friday, May 28, 2010
The attackers fired guns and threw grenades at worshippers during Friday prayers. Three militants later blew themselves up with suicide vests.
Pakistani forces have secured both buildings, but are still searching for militants who fled the scene.
Lahore has been the scene of a string of brazen attacks.
It is unclear who carried out the attacks, but suspicion has fallen on the Pakistani Taliban, Ali Dayan Hassan of Human Rights Watch told the BBC.
Mr Hassan said the worshippers were “easy targets” for militant Sunni groups who consider the Ahmadis to be infidels.
Police said several attackers held people hostage briefly inside the mosque in the heavily built-up Garhi Shahu area.
AT THE SCENE
The attackers shot anyone who moved, according to survivors like Syed Rashid Rahim, a lawyer we interviewed at the hospital.
He survived three hours trapped in the mosque, and three bullet wounds.
The hardest thing to bear, he said, was the brutal killing of a boy aged 13 or 14, which happened in front of his eyes.
His father was behind him, sheltering behind a column. He asked him for water and the son was offering him water. While he was drinking, these two people came in and they shot him point blank.
“I cannot forget that,” he said, fighting back tears. “I thought they would spare him, but they did not.”
WHO ARE THE AHMADIS?