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Gunmen kill lawyer of Pakistani man accused of blasphemy, police say

Gunmen in Pakistan killed the lawyer of a man accused of insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad Wednesday night, police said.

Senior police officer Mahmoodul Hassan said the lawyer, Rashid Rehman, was sitting in his office in the central city of Multan when gunmen opened fire on him.

He said Rehman's two assistants were wounded in the attack.

Rehman was representing a university professor who is currently facing trial on blasphemy charges, Hasan said.

He said Rehman was also a prominent human rights activist and he had received threats from unknown persons since February, when he decided to represent the professor in the case.