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Prominent Saudi preacher injured in Philippines shooting

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Manila: Philippines security forces killed a gunman who opened fire on an influential Saudi preacher in Zamboanga City on Tuesday night.

Shaikh Aidh al-Qarni was taken to hospital, but did not have life threatening injuries, local police spokeswoman Senior Inspector Helen Galvez said.

"He is out of danger," Galvez told AFP. 

A police report said that al-Qarni was shot in the right shoulder, left arm and chest while his companion, a Saudi embassy attaché, was wounded in his right thigh and left leg, reported The Guardian.

Police said Qarni had just delivered a university lecture when a man came out of the crowd and opened fire with a .45 calibre pistol.

The Saudi embassy in Manila confirmed the incident, stating al-Qarni was hit in the arm when a man approached his car and shot him as he left a conference.

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