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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan suffered an injury in his leg after bullet shots were fired at his container-mounted truck during the ‘Real Freedom’ rally in Gujranwala on Thursday, 3 November.
Hit by 4 bullets: On Friday, 4 November, Khan said he was hit by four bullets. His party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), quoted Khan as saying that he "already came to know a day before that there will be an attack" an attempt to kill him in either "Wazirabad or Gujrat."
"They planned to kill me," the 70-year-old former Pak PM said while addressing the supporters from the hospital.
Here's all you need to know about the attack on Imran Khan.
What happened? According to a video circulated by Pakistani media, the suspected gunman was seen being taken down after we he tried to fire at Khan, while another man behind him tried to grab it,
Situation after the shooting: Khan’s supporters described the incident as an assassination attempt. He has been taken to hospital. According to Daily Times, a stampede followed since chaos erupted after the incident.
How serious are the injuries? A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party aide told Reuters that Khan was wounded in the shin and was not seriously hurt.
The Apprehended Suspect's Motivation: The suspect said he tried TO kill Khan because he was 'misleading the people,' Dawn reported.
“He (Imran Khan) was misleading the people and I could not bear watching it so I killed him … attempted to kill him,” the suspect said in a video statement, the report added.
“There is no one else with me. I am alone.”
Where did the incident take place? The attack took place in Wazirabad district in the eastern Punjab province while Khan was travelling in a large convoy towards Islamabad, as a part of his campaign aimed to force the government into early elections.
The attack came less than a week after the PTI chief began his march from Lahore, along with thousands of supporters.
Pakistan's Statement: PM Shehbaz Sharif condemned the firing on Khan “in the strongest words.” He added that the government would extend support for security and investigation.
ARY News reported that the PTI chief was transferred to a bulletproof vehicle after the incident. At least five others were injured as well.
Since his exit from the PM's post after a no-confidence vote in parliament in April, he alleged that he was a victim of conspiracy engineered by incumbent PM Shehbaz Sharif and the United States.
India's response: Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that India is "closely keeping an eye" on the attack.