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Pakistani opposition politician seriously wounded in attack

18 August 2015 16:40


Unknown attackers have inflicted multiple gunshot wounds on a Pakistani political leader in the southern port city of Karachi.

The assault, which took place on Tuesday, targeted the vehicle carrying Rasheed Godil, the head of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

“The attackers came from behind the car and opened fire injuring Rashid Godil critically,” said Abid Kaimkhani, a senior police officer.

A spokesman at the Liaquat National Hospital, where Godil was taken to, also said the politician was struck by five bullets.

Bullets hit Godil in the neck, jaw, and chest, leading to his hospitalization.

The politician’s driver was killed in the attack.

The country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued a statement, condemning the assault.

The shooting comes a week after members of the MQM, which dominates politics in Karachi, offered their resignations from their posts in parliament over what they described as a campaign of victimization against them.

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