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.