Manila: Well-known Saudi scholar Sheikh Aaidh Bin Abdullah Al-Qarni sustained gunshot injuries in the Philippine city of Zamboanga.
"His condition is stable", the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting the Saudi embassy in the Philippines.
An assailant fired at him while he was traveling in a car along with some others after delivering a lecture in Zamboanga city, 859 km from Manila, capital of the Philippines. The assailant was killed in an exchange of fire with the security forces, Saudi Gazette reported Wednesday.
“The assailant moved closer to the car and fired at Al-Qarni several gunshots. The scholar, who sustained injuries on his arm, was rushed to a hospital in the city and no one else was hurt in the attack,” the embassy said in a statement.
Sheikh Al-Qarni arrived in the Philippines in response to an invitation from a religious society in Zamboang, a major city in the Muslim Autonomous Region of Mindanao.
“The embassy has sent a special aircraft to Zamboang to take the scholar and those accompanied him in the car to Manila in order to give him better treatment. The embassy is in touch with the concerned authorities to investigate the attack,” the embassy statement said.
Saudi Ambassador to the Philippines Abdullah Bin Ibrahim Al Hassan has contacted Sheikh Al-Qarni and was reassured of his health.