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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 July 2007, 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK
In pictures: Red Mosque assault

Soldier near Red Mosque

Pakistani security forces stormed Islamabad's rebellious Red Mosque in an operation that began in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Pakistani cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi

Cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who was leading the resistance, was killed during the operation. The Interior Ministry says his body was found in the basement of the mosque.

Armoured personnel carrier

The army says at least 50 Islamic militants and eight soldiers have been killed in the fighting.

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain

Talks with militants broke down early on Tuesday, with former PM Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain saying he was "very disappointed" at the failure.

Troops at the perimeter of the mosque complex

Troops sealed off the area before the operation began.

Relatives of people inside the mosque

It was an anxious time for relatives and friends of those still inside the mosque.

Photographer near Red Mosque

As the assault began and smoke was seen over the Red Mosque, journalists were kept at a distance.

An ambulance rushes to the Red Mosque

Ambulances gathered near the site of the mosque to take the injured to hospital.

An injured soldier

Medical staff attend to a commando injured in the fighting.

Pakistani army troopers

By late morning, the army said they were in control of 70% of the mosque complex, which includes a religious school for women and girls.

Red mosque militants

For months militants in the mosque campaigning for Sharia law in Islamabad have openly defied the authorities.






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