Four killed, hundreds wounded in clash with police as radical Islamists move to march on Pakistan’s capital
French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo first published the cartoons, some of which originally appeared in a Danish newspaper, in 2006. The title reprinted them last year to mark the opening of a trial over a deadly attack on its Paris office in 2015 by two gunmen who had pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda.
Four police officers were killed and hundreds injured after armed members of a hard-line Islamist group clashed with Pakistani security forces Wednesday near the northeastern city of Lahore during a protest over a French newspaper’s publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, the Washington Post reports.
The violence occurred during a demonstration led by the outlawed Islamist group Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistan outside the capital city of Punjab province, as they prepared to march on the national capital, Islamabad. More than 250 people were injured in the clash, according to Usman Buzdar, chief minister of Punjab, who vowed “strict action” against those involved in the incident.
The Islamists were armed with automatic weapons and fired directly on security forces attempting to control the crowd, police said.
It is the latest of several deadly protests organized by the group in Pakistan since French President Emmanuel Macron honored a teacher who was beheaded last year in France after he showed a class the cartoons depicting Muhammad.
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