Lal Masjid Showdown Enters Final Stage
Metroblogging Islamabad is live blogging the showdown at Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) in Islamabad from the vicinity. The reporting on scene accounts for 3 Pakistani special forces killed, 15 militants killed and 20 militants injured. Two hospitals have been cleared of everyone except for patients and police "are announcing that they have orders to shoot on sight if anyone tries to enter the hospital," including media.
At the time of this posting, the latest two reports include an unconfirmed report that Ghazi Abdur Rasheed has been arrested.
10th July 8:20 AM
Maximum area of Jamia Hafsa secured according to unofficial reports. Lal Masjid being searched by commandoes. According to unconfirmed reports, Ghazi Abdur Rasheed has been arrested.
10th July 8:15 AM
After over 4 hours of 150 explosions and intense firing from both sides, there is silence around the vicinity of Lal Masjid. Looks like the operation has stopped, and army is making announcements on loud speakers for militants to come out with hands up. The top levels of Jamia Hafsa have been cleared. Only bunkers and basements remain where the militants have retreated.