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Pakistan's prime minister escapes assassination bid

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Pakistan’s prime minister has escaped unharmed from an assassination attempt.

Shots were fired at Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s motorcade on the road to Islamabad airport.

Several gunshots were directed at the convoy. A Government spokesman said: “Multiple shots were fired… the prime minister is safe.”

At least two bullets hit the window of the driver’s door on Gilani’s armoured vehicle as it drove past a small hill by the roadside.

Earlier Gilani had arrived back at the airport from a trip to the eastern city of Lahore.

Gilani is a senior member of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s party. She was killed in a suicide gun and bomb attack in December, while campaigning for a general election.

The Government claims al Qaeda was responsible for her murder.