Po­lice: Guard kills Chris­tian law­maker in Pak­istan

The Covington News - - WORLD -

QUETTA, Pak­istan (AP) — A guard for a provin­cial Chris­tian law­maker shot and killed the leg­is­la­tor dur­ing a meet­ing Satur­day in south­west Pak­istan, po­lice said.

Law­maker Han­dery Masieh was meet­ing with sup­port­ers from the rul­ing Na­tional Party out­side his home in the south­west­ern city of Quetta when the guard opened fire, po­lice of­fi­cer Ab­dul Raz­zaq Cheema said.

One of the Masieh’s neph­ews was wounded in the at­tack, he said. Cheema said it was not clear why the guard opened fire.

Govern­ment spokesman Jan Mo­ham­mad Buledi said the guard fled af­ter the at­tack and po­lice were try­ing to ar­rest him.

“We do not know why the guard killed Han­dery Masieh, and ev­ery­thing will be clear when we ar­rest him,” he told re­porters.

Quetta is the cap­i­tal of Baluchis­tan, where na­tion­al­ists groups have waged a low-scale in­sur­gency to get a greater share of money earned from re­sources there, like nat­u­ral gas.

Pak­istani Tal­iban and al-Qaida-linked mil­i­tants also hide in Baluchis­tan.

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