Thursday, July 12, 2007

Breaking on MSNBC - Musharraf vows to crush Islamic extremists

No details yet from MSNBC yet.

Nothing on Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Fox, France24, DAWN, LA Times, or NY Times either.

Update 4:39pm The banner with this news has now disappeared from MSNBC and I can't find a story there but the BBC has picked it up:

President Pervez Musharraf says he is determined that extremism and terrorism will be eradicated in Pakistan.

He was speaking in a televised address to the nation after officials said 75 bodies had been found at the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad.


"In the garb of Islamic teaching they have been training for terrorism... they prepared the madrassa as a fortress for war and housed other terrorists in there.

"I will not allow any madrassa to be used for extremism."


Our correspondent says many Pakistanis supported the operation, saying the government had no choice but to confront the Islamic extremists.

But, she adds, the authorities fear a violent reaction from other radicals and the country is on high alert.

Attacks said to be linked to the mosque assault continued on Thursday in Pakistan's volatile north-west, where support for the Taleban is strong.

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