58 dead in Pakistan mosque siege; 20 women freed

July 10, 2007 11:41

Pakistani troops attempted to flush out holdouts entrenched inside a women's religious school after raiding Islamabad's Red Mosque in fierce fighting Tuesday that left about 50 insurgents and eight soldiers dead, the army said. Commandos stormed the mosque compound before dawn, and more than eight hours later were still trying to root out the well-armed fighters said to be holding about 150 hostages. Officials said at least 20 women had emerged from the complex, as well as 27 children.

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