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Gunmen attack Pakistani court complex, killing at least 11 people

Posted Mar 4, 2014 8:53 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Terrorists armed with guns and hand grenades stormed Pakistan’s main court complex in Islamabad on Monday, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens.

Among those killed in the attack were a judge, three lawyers and a police officer, the Associated Press reports. The attack lasted about 20 minutes as judges and lawyers fled amid gunfire and explosions.

Two of the attackers died when they detonated explosives on their bodies. Police officials differed on whether the two suicide bombers were the only attackers, according to AP and CNN.

Lawyer Momin Ali told AP the assault was like a scene from hell. "My colleague was shot, and there was no one to help him. When I reached him, he was bleeding and crying for help," he said.

A little-known group called Ahrar-ul-Hind said it was responsible for the attack. Spokesman Asad Mansoor said courts were targeted because they are un-Islamic, CNN says.

The Pakistani Taliban denied any involvement in the attack.

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