Southeast Asia | Philippines probes attack on Saudi cleric on IS hit list

Philippines probes attack on Saudi cleric on IS hit list

March 2, 2016 3:19 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

Philippine authorities were on Wednesday probing an assassination attempt against an influential Saudi preacher who was on an Islamic State (IS) hit list, after the gunman was killed and two suspects arrested.

Philippine soldiers patrol the streets in Zamboanga on southern island of Mindanao
Philippine soldiers patrol the streets in Zamboanga on southern island of Mindanao

Preacher Sheikh Aaidh al-Qarni and a Saudi diplomat, Sheikh Turki Assaegh, were both wounded in a shooting as they left a university auditorium in the southern port city of Zamboanga, where the cleric had been giving an address.

Their Filipino police escorts killed the lone assailant, while two other suspects who were seen with the gunman were arrested as they tried to escape, police said.

“The suspect popped up from the crowd, moved in close and shot the victim” as he was boarding his car, said city police spokeswoman Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, adding that the gunman then walked to the other side of the vehicle and shot the Saudi diplomat.

A student driving license and a local government ID were recovered from the man, which identified him as a 21-year-old Filipino, but police said they were not ruling out forgery. Read More

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