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In pictures: Red Mosque siege

Pakistan government troops at the Red Mosque in Islamabad

Pakistan security forces have carried out a co-ordinated attack on Islamabad's Red Mosque, on the fourth day of a stand-off with radical Islamic clerics and students.

Pakistan government troops at the Red Mosque in Islamabad

President Pervez Musharraf has held back from a full assault as he said to be is anxious to avoid casualties among women and girls still inside the complex.

Pakistan government troops erect a barricade around the Red Mosque

The government is piling psychological pressure on those still inside with a mass demonstration of force demanding unconditional surrender.

Militants from the radical mosque are taken away from the Red Mosque

However, after offers of a conditional surrender the most senior cleric at the mosque now says he and his followers would rather die than lay down their arms.

Family members of female religious students queue outside the Red Mosque

Officials have accused the Islamists of using women and children as human shields. Outside the building fearful family members queue to greet loved ones if and when they exit.

A local resident looks through her gateway at the scene outside the Red Mosque

Residents living in the area surrounding the mosque have watched anxiously as the siege has unfolded.

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