Gunmen Kidnap Ex-Pakistan PM's Son at Election Rally

Guard killed, 5 wounded in gun attack

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 9, 2013 12:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Gunmen have attacked an election rally in Pakistan's southern Punjab province and abducted the son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistani officials say. Unknown attackers stormed the rally in the town of Multan, opened fire, and seized Ali Haider Gilani today, a police official says. "One of the gunmen grabbed Haider, who had blood splashed on his trousers," said a bystander. The younger Gilani is running for a provincial assembly seat in Multan.

A Punjab government official says one of Gilani's guards was killed and five people were wounded in the attack. Today is the last day of campaigning for Pakistan's election scheduled this Saturday. The race has been marred by a string of violent attacks against candidates and election events.

In this Wednesday, March 13, 2013, photo, Pakistan's ousted prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani waves outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Pakistan.
In this Wednesday, March 13, 2013, photo, Pakistan's ousted prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani waves outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Pakistan.   (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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