Gunmen assassinate senior political leader in Pakistan

2014-11-29 05:17:57 GMT2014-11-29 13:17:57(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Unidentified gunmen shot dead a senior political leader in southern Pakistan on Saturday, police said.

Khalid Mehmood Soomro, secretary general of Jamait ulema-e- Islam in Sindh province, came under attack during morning prayers inside his religious school in Sukkur, a main city.

Police said Soomro was offering prayers at a mosque near his home as the gunmen broke into his house and sprayed bullets at him.

The gunmen fled and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Police said they are investigating motives behind the high profile murder.

Police said two guards were not present when the early morning attack occurred. One guard was sleeping and the other was away for prayers' preparations, police said.

Doctors said Soomro received four bullets and died when he was being shifted to a nearby hospital.

Soomro was in Sukkur to participate in a conference. Family sources said he was scheduled to attend wedding of his son on Sunday.

JUI-F party announced a day of protest across the country on Saturday, the party secretary general Abdul Ghafoor Haidry said.

JUI-F supporters staged demonstrations in Sukkur and blocked the main highway, linking the port city of Karachi with the country. The demonstrators were demanding the arrest of the assassins.

The JUI-F chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehman demanded that the government investigates the murder and arrests those behind the incident.

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