Pakistani Protesters Shoot AFP Photographer at anti-Charlie Hebdo Rally
Thousands of amti-Charlie Hebdo protesters marched in Pakistan on Saturday.
AFP photographer Asif Hassan is recovering after protesters shot him at a violent anti-Charlie Hebdo rally in Karachi.
Asif Hassan on assignment in 2012. (AFP)
AFP photographer is recovering in hospital after being shot while covering an anti-Charlie Hebdo protest outside a French consulate in Pakistan.
The protest in Karachi by the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami religious party was one of several staged across Pakistan on Friday by Islamist groups against the French magazine’s depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.
Asif Hassan was stable and conscious after the bullet entered his back and exited through his chest via a lung, medics at the Aga Khan University Hospital and relatives said.
Police and witnesses at the scene blamed the protesters for the violence, saying they opened fire on the police when they were blocked from reaching the consulate.
Two others, a policeman and a local TV cameraman, received minor wounds and were discharged from hospital after first aid treatment.
Hassan, 38, has worked for the AFP media agency since 2005, mostly based in Karachi.