Four gunmen opened fire in Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, killing five people and injuring many others in an attempt to get to a suspect in last week’s attacks on Ahmadi religious places, authorities said.
The goal of the hospital attack at 11:30 on Monday night by four gunmen was to either rescue or kill the suspect, who was wounded in the Friday attacks at Ahmadi religious places, Tariq Saleem Dogar, the Punjab provincial police chief said.
At the time of the shooting, the suspect was being treated in the intensive care unit at Jinnah Hospital, was later moved to a safe place, hospital sources said.
The gunmen in police uniform remained at Jinnah Hospital for one hour and opened indiscriminate fire killing four policemen and a woman. However, they failed to reach the under treatment terrorist.
Heavy contingents of police and security forces cordoned off the hospital after the attack, but failed to capture the attackers who fled the scene after the shooting.