Saudi Preacher Shot in the Philippines

Saudi preacher

A Saudi  preacher was shot and wounded in Zamboanga City, Philippines on Tuesday. The security forces killed the gunman, reported the police.

Sheikh Aaidh al-Qarni, the Saudi preacher was immediately hospitalized following the shooting. Although shot at close range, he did not have any life threatening injuries. Preacher Sheikh Aaidh al-Qarni and a Saudi Diplomat were injured when a gunman shot at them. They were leaving a university auditorium after the preacher had delivered an address, as reported by Business Standard. The gunman was shot down by their Filipino police escorts while two other who accompanied the assailant were arrested.

Helen Galvez, a local police spokeswoman and Senior Inspector, said that the Saudi preacher was out of danger. She told that he was shot in the right shoulder, left arm and chest and his companion was injured in his right thigh and left leg. A student driving license and local government ID were recovered from the gunman. From these documents, the Police identified him as a 21-year-old Filipino student from the same university.

She said, “The suspect popped up from the crowd, moved in close and shot the victim(s).”

Saudi embassy, on the other hand, contradicted Helen’s version and said that none of Qarni’s companions were wounded in the incident, reported The Guardian. The embassy also confirmed that he visited  at the invitation of a local religious association. The preacher was later flown to Manila on an aircraft provided by the embassy.

Saudi media described Qarni as a senior Islamic scholar. He has 12 million fan following him on Twitter. The Saudi preacher is one of the Islamic scholars who is included in the list of ISIS in the latest issue of Dabiq. Dabiq is IS’s monthly online magazine. The article in the magazine accused the scholars of apostasy.

Last month, militants attacked a remote army post in the country and waved black flags as they raided the detachment. Reports were out in January that Filipino terror groups pledged allegiance to ISIS .

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