Saudi Imam Sheikh Aaidh al Qarni was hospitalized after he was shot and wounded by a gunman in a southern Philippine city on Tuesday, police stated while talking to AFP. It was further reported that the police was able to neutralize the gunman. Saudi Imam Sheikh Aaidh al Qarni did not sustain life-threatening injuries and motive for this attack is still being investigated according to the local police spokeswoman Senior Inspector Helen Galvez.
Earlier on Tuesday, a major offensive by Philippine military killed 24 suspected supporters of ISIS militants. Saudi Imam Sheikh Aaidh al Qarni was a rather prominent in the Kingdom with over 12 million followers on Twitter. He was shot at 2030 hours while he was leaving an Islamic forum in a school auditorium. It would appear that the gunman who shot the Saudi Imam may have been a supporter of ISIS militant or perhaps even a terrorist however, no evidence was released to support the fact. A major military offensive was carried out against militants and their supporters in the Philippines that involved 2,000 military personnel. The operation continued for a week during which six soldiers will killed and dozen others wounded.
Apart from these 24 militants, according to various reports, nine other gunmen may have been killed. Spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said,
Our doctrine is to resolve the conflict in the shortest possible time with the full application of military resoures.
He further stated that the military was backed by the provincial government and therefore, rapid military offensive helped stop the spread of extremism. He added that during the offensive against militants 30,000 residents from a total of 10 villages were displaced.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.