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Pakistan Gunmen Open Fire Killing 4

November 25, 2002

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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) _ Gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying a local official of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s party, killing him, his two bodyguards and a bystander, police said.

``It seems to be politically motivated,″ said Saoud Aziz, police chief at Gujranwala, 40 miles north of the eastern city of Lahore.

Khalid Hamayun, president of the local division of Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party, was traveling from Gujranwala to a nearby town when attackers fired on his car, Aziz told reporters.

The victims were rushed to a government hospital in Gujrawanla where they died from loss of blood.

Aziz said police believed they knew the identities of some of the attackers and were searching for the suspects.

Hundreds of people are killed every year in Pakistan due to family feuds and political rivalry.

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