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By The Associated Press | May 28, 2010
LAHORE, Pakistan -- Gunmen armed with grenades attacked two mosques belonging to a minority Islamic sect during Friday prayers in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, police said.
The attacks were against the Ahmadi group, which has often been targeted by radical Sunni groups in the past.
The mosques were several miles (kilometers) apart from each other, police officer Haider Ashraf said.
Officers outside one of the mosques in the Garhi Shahu district of Lahore were engaged in a gunfight with the attackers, an Associated Press reporter at the scene said.
The Ahmadis call themselves Muslims but believe that Muhammad was not the final prophet - a view that contradicts a central tenant of Islamic belief. They have long been subject to informal and state-sanctioned discrimination in Pakistan.
The government has declared them a non-Muslim minority and they are prohibited from calling themselves Muslims or engaging in Muslim practices such as reciting Islamic prayers.
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