A spokesman for the military said a second phase of its operation was now underway, in which the zone around the mosque would be searched for booby traps and unexploded grenades, and victims bodies’ removed. The army had earlier said just a handful of islamist militants were resisting in fortified tunnels in residential areas around the mosque. Yesterday some 50 islamists and eight soldiers were killed in an assuault on the mosque, a focal point of militant activity. Among those killed were hardline cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi – the leader of a movement committed to the imposition of strict islamic law in Pakistan.
The Pakistani army says it now has complete control of the Red Mosque in Islamabad