POL: Unknown assailants attack Pakistan Premier's motorcade

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Thu, 09/04/2008 - 13:18

POL: Unknown assailants attack Pakistan Premier's motorcade

Islamabad, Sept 3 PPI: Unknown assailants attacked the motorcade of Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Wednesday afternoon on Islamabad Highway, Prime Minmisyter Office said.

"Of the multiple sniper shots fired on the Prime Minister's vehicle, two hit the
window on the driver side. However, because of
the robust and comprehensive security measures, Prime Minister and all the member of
his motorcade remained unharmed," a statement from Prime Minister office said.

"High-level inquiry has been initiated into the matter and all the law enforcement
agencies are collaborating to work on the case
and apprehend the culprits," it said.

Experts are reviewing security arrangements and lapses for further augmentation, if
required, the statement said.

Zahid Bashir, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, said that Mr. Gilani escaped
unhurt in incident of firing at his bullet-proof
black-color Mercedes car. "By the grace of Allah Almighty the Prime Minister is
safe," Bashir told reporters.

Interior Secretary Syed Kamal Shah said the Prime Minister was not in the car when
it came under attack. He said a committee has been formed to investigate the

Information Minister Sherry Rehman said the car was heading to the airport to fetch
the Prime Minister, who was returning from
Lahore. "Designs of those who want to attack the Prime Minister have failed," she

Syed Mujtaba Gilani, brother of Prime Minister, told reporters in his home city
Multan that three persons have been taken into custody for questioning.

A team of police experts searched a small top from where shots were fired at the
motorcade. Pakistan television aired footage of
bullet-hit car of the Prime Minister. The bullets hit window of the driver seat.

The incident happened despite security on Prime Minister route, spokesman for the
Prime Minister said. The incident occurred due to security lapse.

Officials say that the area where incident happened is considered security zone as
it is almost one kilometer away from the airport