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Last Updated: July 03, 2007 16:40 IST
A Pakistani paramilitary trooper and a civilian were killed and several injured on Tuesday in an armed clash between militant students of Lal Masjid and security personnel in Islamabad.
After a six-month stand-off between the government and the radicals, the madrassa students holed up in the mosque exchanged fire with security forces deployed outside it.
The cleric accused the government of starting the fighting and demanded the immediate withdrawal of about 1500 Rangers who surrounded the radical mosque on Friday.