Briton killed in Pakistan mosque attacks

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A British man was killed in attacks on two mosques in the Pakistani city of Lahore which killed more than 80 people, the Foreign Office said on Sunday.

"I can confirm that a British national died in the attacks on Friday," a Foreign Office spokeswoman said, without giving further details.

Reports said the victim was Muhammad Bilal, a 58-year-old married father of three children, from Southfields in southwest London.

The businessman had set up a medical clinic and provided financial help to the poor of Lahore, his relatives told British media.

The victims were killed when suspected Sunni militants wearing suicide vests burst into prayer halls at the Garhi Shahu and Model Town mosques, firing guns, throwing grenades and taking hostages in Lahore's deadliest sectarian attack.

They targeted memebrs of the Ahmadi sect, which has been declared non-Muslim by Pakistan.

© 2010 AFP

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