MANILA/RIYADH, March 1 (Reuters) – A gunman shot and wounded a prominent Saudi Arabian cleric who was on an Islamic State hit list after he gave a speech to fellow Muslim preachers in a city in southern Philippines on Tuesday evening, local police said.
Ayed al-Qarni, a pro-government cleric with over 12 million followers on Twitter, was shot as he left an Islamic forum in a school auditorium at around 8.30 p.m. by a man who had attended the speech, police spokeswoman Inspector Helen Galvez said.
An official from the Saudi embassy in the Philippines was also wounded, she said.
The gunman, who was not immediately identified, was then shot dead by Qarni’s security escort, she added. Qarni is in a stable condition in Zamboanga City hospital, she said.