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Philippines reveals identity of terrorist who shot prominent Saudi scholar

GDN Online Desk

Riyadh: Authorities in Philippines have revealed the identity of gunman who opened fire on Saudi scholar Dr. Ayedh Al-Qarni.

Pro-Islamic State supporter Misuari Kiliste Rugasan III approached Dr. Al-Qarni and Saudi diplomat Shaikh Turki Assaegh, and shot them as they left a university auditorium in the southern port city of Zamboanga.

Police said that the lone assailant, a 21-year-old engineering student at Western Mindanao State University, was gunned down instantly, reported local Arabic daily Sabq.  

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Qarni was shot in the right shoulder, left arm and chest while Assaegh, an attache at the Saudi Embassy in Manila, was wounded in his right thigh and left leg.

Chief Inspector Helen Galvez said that police arrested two other accomplices aged 31 and 36 for their alleged involvement in the assassination attempt.