Islamabad: A Saudi Arabian diplomat was
shot and killed by unidentified attackers in Karachi Monday, just five days after explosives devices were lobbed at the Saudi consulate in the southern Pakistani port city.
The Saudi diplomat, identified in media reports as
Hasan M M Al-Kahtani, was attacked by four gunmen riding two
motorcycles while he was driving to work.
The attack occurred a short distance from the Bahrain
The Saudi Embassy in Islamabad confirmed that the
victim was a diplomat.
Police officials said the gunmen intercepted the car
and fired over a dozen bullets at the victim.
He was declared dead on arrival at the Jinnah
No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
On May 11, two men riding a motorcycle lobbed two low
intensity explosive devices at the Saudi consulate in Karachi
though no one was injured in the attack.
Saudi officials said the blasts caused minor damage to
buildings within the consulate compound.
The attacks came in the wake of the May 2 raid by US
special forces in the garrison city of Abbottabad that killed
al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Saudi Assistant Foreign Minister Prince Khaled bin
Saud had urged Pakistani authorities to ensure the protection
of the kingdom`s diplomatic missions in the country. PTI