Shia leader escapes bid on life in Pak
Last Updated: Friday, August 21, 2009, 19:08
Islamabad: A prominent Shia leader on Friday escaped a bid on his life when a grenade was lobbed at his vehicle, prompting his guards to open fire on the attacker who was killed instantly in southwestern Pakistan's Quetta city.

Allama Maqsood Domki, a top leader of the Tehrik-e-Jafaria, was attacked in the Ibrahim Road area of Quetta shortly after the Friday prayers.

An unidentified man lobbed a grenade at Domki's car but it did not explode, reports said.

Domki's guard opened fire on the attacker, killing him instantly. An accomplice of the attacker escaped, police said. A passer-by was injured in the firing.

Police described the attack as an incident of sectarian violence targeting Domki, who is a key Shia leader.

The Pakistan government has provided armed guards to Domki as he had received threats from banned groups.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, August 21, 2009, 19:08

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