- Title: PAKISTAN: BOMB BLAST AND SHOOTING IN LAHORE KILL AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE
- Date: 27th February 1997
- Summary: LAHORE, PAKISTAN (FEBRUARY 27, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) NIGHT-SHOTS 1. LV SITE OF BOMB BLAST/ SV DAMAGED CAR, BLOOD ON GROUND (2 SHOTS) 0.13 2. SV POLICE OFFICIALS AT SITE / MORE OF BOMB DAMAGE (8 SHOTS) 0.51 3. SV DEAD BOMB VICTIMS IN HOSPITAL MORGUE / PEOPLE IDENTIFYING BODY (2 SHOTS) 1.00 4. SV INJURED BOMB VICTIM BEING TREATED IN HOSPITAL 1.03 5. SCU UNIDENTIFIED DOCTOR FROM LOCAL HOSPITAL SAYING THREE PERSONS HAVE DIED IN THIS BOMB BLAST. TWO WERE RECEIVED DEAD AND ONE DIED HERE. SEVEN MORE HAVE BEEN RECEIVED INJURED, THREE OF THEM SERIOUS. WE ARE DOING OUR BEST AND HOPE THEY WILL SURIVE (ENGLISH) 1.21 6. GV INJURED BEING TREATED IN THE HOSPITAL 1.28 Initials s2, p1-2 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 14th March 1997 12:00
- Location: LAHORE, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan ASIA
- Reuters ID: LVA4ZOLT5H2KI0HKR4U2X4DNWDSY
- Story Text: INTRO: At least five people have been killed in a bomb blast and a shooting in Pakistan's second largest city of Lahore.
Three people were reported to have been killed and 11 injured on Thursday (February 27) by the bomb which detonated outside the main railway station in Lahore, and two other people were killed and two wounded in a shooting at a mosque in the city centre.
Police officials said both attacks happened at about the same time late in the evening and described the incidents as acts of terrorism.
In the shooting incident, six people riding three motorcycles drove to Sunni mosque Masjid-i-Shohda, on Lahore's main Shahrah-i-Quaid-i-Azam boulevard, and shot two men dead as they came out after prayers.
One of the two killed, Haji Tayyab, was known to be close to a Sunni militant group, Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), which was often accused by Shi'ites of attacks on them.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, which follow a series of violent incidents in the home province of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who took office 10 days ago after his Pakistan Muslim League party's landslide victory in February 3 elections.
Police have blamed rival militant groups of the Sunni and Shi'ite communities for the recent flare-up of violence.
A long-running feud between the militant Sunni and Shi'ite groups cost at least 170 lives in Pakistan last year.
On Monday, unknown gunmen in Lahore killed a senior government official, who was a Sunni, and on Wednesday a Shi'ite activist was shot dead in the southern Punjab town of Jahanian.
SSP leader Zia-ur-Rahman Farooqi and 12 other people were killed and about 70 injured in a bomb attack outside a Lahore court on January 18.
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