Thousands of Islamists held protests across Pakistan Friday to denounce the army assault on a radical mosque, while police in North West Frontier Province arrested three suspected suicide bombers.
The anti-government protests were held in all major cities, including the capital, Islamabad, and Karachi, Peshawar and Lahore. But the turnout was smaller than expected.
Some protesters called for jihad, praised Islamic fundamentalism, and said the militants killed during the eight-day siege of the Red Mosque were martyrs. Government officials say at least 105 people died in the standoff that ended Tuesday with an army assault. At least 75 militants, including four or five unidentified foreigners -- and 10 Pakistani soldiers were among the dead.