KARACHI –Senior leader Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan escaped an assassination attempt, but his security guard and passer-by lost his life in the ambush.
The assailants launched the attack when the MQM lawmaker, who is also the Opposition Leader in the Sindh Assembly, was leaving a mosque after offering Eid-ul-Azha prayers early Saturday morning in Buffer Zone area.
A teenager, said to be 14-year-old, lost his life alongside the security guard of Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan.
Five other people were also reportedly injured in the armed assault. The injured were moved to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
According to police, four attackers riding two motorcycles opened fire on the MQM-P leader as he exited the mosque after Namaz-e-Eid.
Moments after the attack, police went after the armed cuprits and an exchange of fire ensured, leading to death of one of the attackers. While the second assailant managed to escape.