Almost 60 people are confirmed dead and dozens more feared killed 12 hours after the Pakistani army launched an all-out assault on the Red Mosque in Islamabad. A general says that most of the mosque is now under control, but militants continue to resist with rocket launchers and booby traps. The fate of the hundreds of hostages trapped inside remains uncertain.
The attack began after negotiations broke down late last night. General Pervez Musharraf has been in a tricky position throughout the crisis, since large-scale casualties from an attack could lead to a backlash against his government. As for the leader of the militants, the escalation of violence may play perfectly into his hands. "My martyrdom is certain now," he says.