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Pakistani Cleric Survives Attack, Two Guards Killed


Police officers inspect a car after unidentified gunmen carried an attack on a prominent Pakistani cleric, in Karachi on March 22.

A prominent Pakistani religious scholar has survived an assassination attempt that killed two guards and critically injured another cleric in the southern city of Karachi, police said.

The attack came as the cleric and former Shari'a judge of the country's Supreme Court, Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, was heading to a mosque to lead Friday prayers.

The city's police chief, Amir Shaikh, called the attack a conspiracy to sabotage peace in Karachi and the country.

Usmani and his fellow cleric, Maulana Amir Shahab, were traveling in two cars, when at least four gunmen on two motorcycles opened fire and fled, police said.

Shahab sustained multiple bullet wounds in the head and chest and has been placed on a ventilator after being transported to a hospital, medical officials said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a "strongly worded condemnation" of the incident, a statement by Khan's office said.

With reporting by Reuters and dawn.com

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