Nepali Muslim leader shot dead
Unidentified gunmen shot dead the leader of a Muslim organization in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on Monday, police confirmed, DPA reported.
Faizan Ahmed, the general secretary of a group calling itself Islamic Association, was shot in a busy street in Kathmandu, minutes after he had walked out of a local mosque.
Police said he had received six shots to the head and torso.
A witness speaking on condition of anonymity said he saw two men in raincoats shoot three rounds each before fleeing.
Ahmed was pronounced dead upon arrival at nearby Bir Hospital.
Police said the reason for the shooting was not known.
In the wake of the shooting, Islamic Association has called on the government to guarantee the safety of the Muslim Community in Nepal. Muslims form 3.6 per cent of the 30 million population in Nepal.
The killing has raised concerns about security in the Himalayan Capital. A Pakistani Embassy officer was shot at in April in Kathmandu in a similar hit and run fashion, while a media industrialist was shot dead in his car last year as he was returning home from the gym. dpa pt mga Author: Pratibha Tuladhar