Pakistan’s prime minister escapes assassination attempt: official

ISLAMABAD, September 3, 2008 (AFP) – Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani escaped an assassination attempt after shots were fired at his vehicle Wednesday, his spokesman said. “By the grace of Allah the prime minister is safe,” Bashir said.

“There was firing near the motorcade of the prime minister. Two bullets hit the window glass of the bullet-proof car in which the prime minister was travelling,” Gilani’s spokesman Zahid Bashir told AFP.

The attack happened in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, and came three days before Pakistan’s presidential election Saturday.