| GEO World|
| US condemns Lahore killings|
| Updated at: 2353 PST, Friday, May 28, 2010|
WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday condemned the deadly violence against a minority religious sect in the Pakistani city of Lahore.
"We condemn this brutal violence against innocent people. We also condemn the targeting and violence against any religious group, in this case the Ahmadi community," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.
He sent US condolences to the families of the some 80 people who were killed during Friday prayers when gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed two worship places belonging to the Ahmadi sect in Lahore.
Squads of militants burst into prayer halls firing guns, throwing grenades and taking hostages in the deadliest attack on the city of eight million, which has been increasingly hit by Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked violence.
Repeating remarks by the US ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson, Crowley said the "cowardly assaults on people at prayer are attacks against people of all faiths.