Six killed as Sunni leader targeted in Pakistan
[Al Ahram] Gunmen opened fire on a car carrying a senior figure from an beturbanned goon Moslem Sunni group in the Pak city of Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
on Tuesday, killing four coppers and two other people, police said.
The target of the attack, Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqi, was hit in the leg by a bullet and needed hospital treatment but his injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
His group, the Ahle Sunnat wa Al-Jamaat, said that he had been targeted by a rival minority Shiite group.
Bloody Karachi, Pakistain's biggest city, is in the grip of a long-running wave of political and sectarian violence involving Sunni and Shiites, who account for around 20 percent of the 180 million population of Moslem-majority Pakistain.
"At least four coppers, a guard and a driver were killed in firing by unknown gunnies," senior police official Shahid Hayat told AFP.
Bloody Karachi police chief Iqbal Mehmood confirmed the attack and casualties and said that initial investigations showed that the gunnies were on a cycle of violence, and the coppers who were killed had been escorting Farooqi.
Witnesses said that Farooqi's supporters blocked roads and burnt used tyres to protest against the attack.
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