(KARACHI, Pakistan) -- New problems appear to be brewing in Pakistan after a Saudi Arabian diplomat was shot and killed Monday in the financial capital of Karachi.
Witnesses said that the assailants were riding motorcycles when they intercepted a limo driven by Hassan M. al-Kahtani. The gunmen then fired at the diplomat, shooting him in the head.
A Pakistani security official said on the condition of anonymity that al-Kahtani was actually an intelligence officer "looking into Saudi dissidents who have found refuge in the city, and this is most probably why he was targeted."
While no motive was assigned to the murder, there is also speculation that it might have been revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan, since the Saudi government has denounced the al Qaeda leader.
The Saudis and Pakistanis have generally had good relations over the years so the assassination could have been the work of radical Islamists.
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