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Attack on religious leader sparks violent protests in Karachi, 12 killed.

| ISLAMABAD, Dec 25 (KUNA) -- Violent protests erupted in Pakistan's southern Karachi port city after an attack on a religious leader wounded him but killed 12 others, including four policemen, said police.

Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday attacked Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqi, leader of Ahl-e-Sunnat-wal-Jamt (ASWJ), while he was coming out of his madrassah in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area, ASWJ spokesman Akbar Saeed told reporters.

He said the attack wounded Maulana Aurangzeb but he is out of danger and being treated at the National Hospital. However, police information spokesman Imran Shaukat told KUNA that the attack killed four policemen, Maulana's guard and his driver.

The attack sparked violent protests across the city and terror gripped the country's largest commercial city. Angry ASWJ supporters burnt tires and pelted stones at policemen in several areas of the city.

In different incidents of violence, said Imran Shaukat, about six persons were killed and over a dozen others were reportedly wounded. (end) amn.hb KUNA 251619 Dec 12NNNN

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