Chilling footage has emerged of the moment former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was shot in the shin in what his aides say was a clear assassination attempt.
The former cricket star-turned-Islamist politician was travelling in the Wazirabad district in the eastern Punjab province when his anti-government protest convoy — aimed at forcing the government to hold early elections — came under attack.
Khan, 70, who was ousted as prime minister in April, was six days into a protest procession, standing and waving to thousands of cheering supporters from the roof of a container truck when shots rang out.
Video footage shows Khan waving to the crowd before quickly ducking down as his supporters try to shield him. Another video shows the former PM hobbling into a room with a bandage on his leg before being placed in a car and rushed to hospital where he is recovering.
It’s understood several others in his convoy were wounded. One member of Khan's party said there were reports one person had been killed in the attack.
"It was a clear assassination attempt. Khan was hit but he's stable. There was a lot of bleeding. If the shooter had not been stopped by people there, the entire PTI leadership would have been wiped out," Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, told Reuters.
He wrote on Twitter: "It was a well-planned assassination attempt on Imran Khan, the assassin planned to kill Imran Khan and leadership of PTI, it was not 9 MM it was burst from automatic weapon, no two opinions about that it was narrow escape."
Suspect admits to attack
In additional footage of the shooting, being run by multiple channels, a man with a handgun is grabbed from behind by one of the people at the gathering. He then tries to flee.
TV channels showed a man they said was a suspected shooter, who looked to be in his twenties or thirties. He said he wanted to kill Khan and had acted alone.
"He (Khan) was misleading the people, and I couldn't bear it. I tried my best to kill him. I wanted to kill Imran Khan only and no one else," the suspect said. No one has yet been charged with the attack.
Khan had been whipping up large crowds on his way to the capital Islamabad in a campaign to topple the government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Prime Minister Sharif condemned the shooting and ordered an immediate investigation.
Reuters and AP
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