Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam leader gunned down in Pak

Islamabad, May 31: A senior leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party was gunned down and four others were injured in an attack by unidentified men in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, police said.

Maulana Salimullah, a former head of the JUI chapter in Karak district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, was killed instantly when the gunmen attacked him in Latambar area, police officials said.

Four other persons were hit by bullets and were taken to a nearby hospital.

The attackers fled from the scene. Police cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.

The motive behind the murder could not immediately be ascertained.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Reports have suggested that JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has received threats from militant groups in the aftermath of the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2.