Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan shot

Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan

A gunman has opened fire on a container truck carrying Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan, hurting him and some of his supporters, a senior leader from his party and police said.

Mr Khan was wounded in the foot but escaped serious injury, party official Asad Umar said.

The identity of the gunman was not immediately known. An arrest was made at the scene.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The shooting happened in the Wazirabad district in the eastern Punjab province where Mr Khan was travelling in a large convoy of trucks and cars heading towards the capital, Islamabad, as part of his campaign aimed at forcing the government to hold early elections, police said.

Mr Khan with later seen with a bandage on his foot.

He was moved to another vehicle from his container truck, from which announcements were made that he is safe.

Some of the supporters from his Tehreek-e-Insaf party were also hurt, according to the announcement from the party.

The attack happened less than a week after Mr Khan began his march from Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, along with thousands of supporters.

Since his ousting in a no-confidence vote in Parliament in April, Mr Khan has alleged it was a conspiracy engineered by his successor, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and the United States — claims both the new premier and Washington have denied.

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