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Pakistani radical cleric captured from besieged mosque

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Pakistani radical cleric captured from besieged mosque


The head of a besieged radical Pakistani mosque has been arrested while trying to escape dressed in a woman’s burqa. Police say Abdul Aziz is one of the main ringleaders behind a continuing stand-off at Red Mosque in the Pakistani capital. About 700 militants have surrendered to troops outside the building – accepting an offer of amnesty and 5,000 rupees (65 euros).

But thousands more remain inside a day after clashes left at least 10 people dead. Violence erupted after long-running dispute between the government and a Taliban-style movement based at the Mosque. Hundreds of soldiers and police sealed off the compound and imposed an indefinite curfew in the neighbourhood after the bloodshed. Two deadlines for students to lay down arms passed and no new one was set.

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