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Saudi envoy killed in Pakistan, Gilani condemns attack

Monday May 16, 2011 02:59:32 PM, IANS

Karachi: A Saudi diplomat was killed in Pakistan Monday when unidentified gunmen attacked his vehicle in Karachi city, Xinhua reported.

The unidentified gunmen shot dead the Saudi envoy in an apparent move to avenge the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad early this month, police and the Saudi consulate said.

Hassan al Kahatani, head of the security section in the Saudi consulate, was driving his car when four gunmen on motorcycles fired at him, said a police officer, adding that the diplomat's car was ambushed on Khayaban-e-Shahbaz road.

"The victim received one bullet in his head and died on the spot," said a senior police officer.

The slain Saudi diplomat was leaving a hotel in the Defence area of the city and heading to work when he came under attack, said police officer Iqbal Mehmood.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, in Islamabad, strongly condemned the attack on the Saudi diplomat.

Gilani expressed deep grief and sorrow over the tragic death of the Saudi diplomat in Karachi, the prime minister's office said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the second on the Saudi diplomatic mission in less than a week.

On May 11, three people were injured when unidentified people threw hand grenades at the Saudi consulate in Karachi.

Police said the authorities had increased security for the Saudi consulate after last week's grenade attack. A plan was also in place to provide security to diplomats at their residences.




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