LAHORE, Pakistan, June 1 (Reuters) – At least three gunmen attacked a hospital in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday, killing 12 people and holding several hostage, a senior doctor told Reuters.
“They barged into the hospital building and opened indiscriminate fire,” said Javed Ikram, Chief Executive of Jinnah hospital.
He said at least 12 people were killed in the firing while some had been held hostage.
Dozens of people wounded in Friday’s attacks on two mosques of a minority religious community in the city were being treated in the hospital, which is a major institution in the city. More than 80 people were killed in those attacks.
“We have surrounded the hospital and an operation is underway,” senior city government official, Sajjad Bhutta, said.
A witness told Reuters that a police commando team had stormed into the hospital.
One hospital official, who declined to be identified, said the gunmen killed one of the attackers from Friday’s assault who was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit. (Reporting by Mubasher Bukhari in Lahore, and Kamran Haider and Zeeshan Haider in Islamabad; Editing by Jon Boyle and Chris Allbritton)