2010 Ahmadiyya mosques massacre

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The 2010 Ahmadiyya mosques massacre was a terrorist attack that took place on May 28, 2010, in Lahore, Pakistan. Two mosques belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community were targeted during Friday prayers, resulting in the deaths of 87 people and over 120 injuries. The attackers used explosive belts, guns, and grenades in their assault. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, along with their Punjab wing, claimed responsibility for the attacks and were also held accountable by the Pakistani Police.

The Ahmadiyya movement, founded in 1889, follows the teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, whom they believe to be the Promised Messiah and Mahdi prophesied in Islam. The community has faced persecution and discrimination in Pakistan, including the Lahore riots of 1953. The Pakistani government does not recognize Ahmadis as Muslims, as they do not accept the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad. Ahmadis were declared non-Muslim in 1973 and were legally banned from identifying themselves as such in 1984. The ban coincided with the rise of jihadist ideology in Pakistan's state and education system. The media in Pakistan are also prohibited from referring to Ahmadi places of worship as mosques.

Human rights groups in Pakistan had warned of threats to the Ahmadi community center in Model Town for over a year, criticizing the government for inadequate security measures.


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