At least nine people, including a Pakistani soldier, a television cameraman, and innocent passers-by were killed during violent clashes with radical students at a mosque in Islamabad. Police used teargas at the Lal Masjid Mosque, as hundreds of women screamed anti-government slogans.
Armed students paraded their weapons. They have been calling for harsh Taliban-style laws in Pakistan. Loudspeakers at the mosque called for help for the besieged students and so-called holy warriors, and appealed for suicide attacks against the police.
Up to 150 other people were hurt in the clashes which went on for hours. The Pakistani government had resisted taking action against the radical mosque for fear of provoking a violent backlash.