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Gunmen kill farmer from Ahmadi minority in Pakistan

AFP  |  Lahore 

Gunmen in today shot dead a farmer from the Ahmadi community, one of the country's most persecuted minority groups, police said.

Luqman Ahad, 25 was hit by a single bullet in his head and died on the spot, Rohail Sabir, a senior police official in Gujranwala told AFP.

Ahmadis, were declared non-Muslims by the Pakistani government in 1974 and now suffer discrimination and violent attacks.

Police are investigating the motives for the killing, which occurred early today in a village in the eastern district of Gujranwala, more than 100 kilometres north of Lahore.

"Luqman Ahad was murdered while he was on his way from his home to his farm," said Saleem ud Din, a spokesman for the community.

In October, a retired air force official who was a member of the minority group was shot dead north of An Ahmadi doctor was gunned down the month before in Mirpur Khas.

In July, an angry mob torched an Ahmadi neighbourhood in the city of Gujranwala, killing a woman and two girls after a local Ahmadi boy was accused of blasphemy.

First Published: Sun, December 28 2014. 00:45 IST