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KHAIRPUR: The prime suspect of the attack that took place on a rally of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in Khairpur on Oct 7 was killed in an alleged police encounter on Tuesday, DawnNews reported.

The suspect, Azizullah Janwari aka Kaffan, was shifted to Sukkur under police escort after he was arrested on Oct 15 during a raid on a house in Mailaiwali Gali, Tibba Badar Shah, Bahawalpur.

Various conflicting reports were received as the details of the incident are not yet clear. However, Dawn sources said the incident occurred when some associates of Aziz tried to free him from police custody in Sukkur as a result of which he was killed in an ensuing encounter.

Seven people, including a journalist and six PPP activists, were killed and 10 others wounded in the attack on participants in the rally where Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah’s daughter, MNA Nafisa Shah, was also to speak on Oct 7.