Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pakistani governor killed by his own bodyguard

Police in Pakistan say the governor of Punjab province was killed by his own bodyguard in a gun attack Tuesday in an Islamabad market area.

Police official Mohammad Iftikhar said Salman Taseer was shot by one of his elite protection squad. Five other people were wounded in the attack.

Taseer was a vocal member of Pakistan's ruling party and recently spoke out against Pakistan's blasphemy law.

The shopping area where the attack took place is known as Khosar market and is popular with westerners and wealthy Pakistanis. The market has long been regarded as a potential target of a militant attack.

with files from The Associated Press

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