Former Pakistani minister hurt in attack

Gunmen opened fire on Monday at the election office of a former Pakistani government minister, killing four people and wounding two, officials said.

Former Pakistani minister hurt in attack

Gunmen opened fire on Monday at the election office of a former Pakistani government minister, killing four people and wounding two, officials said.

The identity of the gunmen opened fire at Sheikh Rashid Ahmed's election office in the city of Rawalpindi.

Ahmed was hurt but not by a bullet, an aide, Javed Qureshi, told Reuters. Ahmed had apparently injured a foot when he fell over during the attack, he said.

"Unidentified gunmen opened fire with Kalashnikovs. It was an assassination attempt," Qureshi said.

Two guards and two other people were killed, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told parliament. Two guards were wounded.

Police had earlier said Ahmed had been wounded in the shooting. Television showed pictures of supporters carrying a conscious Ahmed into hospital.

Ahmed had been getting out of his vehicle at his office when the gunmen struck, another aide said.

Ahmed was information and railways minister in the previous government, led by former president Pervez Musharraf. He lost his seat in parliament in a February 2008 general election.

He left the former ruling party and set up his own party after the 2008 election.

The result of the by-election for a National Assembly seat in Rawalpindi will have no bearing on the ruling coalition's hold on power. The coalition, led by the party of President Asif Ali Zardari, has a comfortable majority in parliament.


Reuters

Last Mod: 08 Şubat 2010, 18:03
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