Moderate Cleric Among 9 Killed in Pakistan Blasts
By WAQAR GILLANI and SABRINA TAVERNISE, New York Times, June 13, 2009
LAHORE, Pakistan — Militants bombed mosques in two cities in Pakistan on Friday, killing at least nine people, including a leading Sunni cleric who was an outspoken critic of the Taliban.
In Lahore, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside the religious complex run by the cleric, Sarfraz Ahmed Naeemi, who had been vocal in his opposition to suicide attacks and other tactics used by the Taliban. The bomb seemed to be aimed at Mr. Naeemi, destroying his quarters near the entrance of the complex’s mosque.
He was killed, along with at least five other people. The whitewashed brick wall of the office where he usually sat after delivering his Friday sermon was spattered with blood.
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