Pakistani religion minister wounded in ambush

September 2, 2009 14:08


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Gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on a vehicle carrying Pakistan's religious affairs minister in the capital Wednesday, wounding him and killing his driver, police and witnesses said. Hamid Saeed Kazmi had been critical of Islamist militants blamed for scores of attacks in Pakistan over the last two-and-a-half years. A fellow minister said he suspected extremists were behind the shooting, which took place as police in Islamabad were on high alert amid fears of revenge attacks by Taliban militants following the August 5 killing of their leader, Baitullah Mehsud, in a CIA missile strike. Kazmi was shot in the leg and was in stable condition, said Dr. Masood Pashad. Media reports said his life was not in danger. The driver of the car was killed and a guard was also wounded in the attack, said police officer Tahir Alam.

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