Pakistan Islamists clash with police

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Thousands of demonstrators from a banned Pakistani Islamist group clashed with police outside Lahore. They killed and wounded several police members in a row about a French magazine’s cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

According to reports, the clash broke out at a rally of the banned Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) on a highway in Sheikhupura, just outside the eastern city of Lahore. A spokesman for the Punjab police said, “TLP activists used SMG, AK-47 and pistols to target police officials as the result of which several officials were martyred.” The interior minister told reporters that three police officers had been killed and 70 wounded, adding that the government had deployed paramilitary troops in the Pakistani province of Punjab to help manage the situation.

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