Islamist militant leads prayers for bin Laden in Pakistan

By REUTERS
May 3, 2011 12:25

 
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ISLAMABAD - The founder of one of Pakistan's most violent Islamist militant groups has told Muslims to be heartened by the death of Osama bin Laden, as his "martyrdom" would not go in vain, a spokesman for the group said on Tuesday.

The media are often barred from gatherings of Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let), the militant group blamed for the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai.

But a spokesman for Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said he had told followers at special prayers held for the slain al-Qaida leader that this "great person" would continue to be a source of strength and encouragement for Muslims around the world.

"Osama bin Laden was a great person who awakened the Muslim world," Saeed's spokesman Yahya Mujahid quoted him as saying during prayers at the headquarters of the LeT's charity in the Punjab capital Lahore on Monday.

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