ISLAMABAD — Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari suffered a “ministroke” that led to his ongoing hospitalization in Dubai, a close associate of the leader said Tuesday.
Mr. Zardari’s trip to Dubai last week has led to speculation - denied by the government - that he is losing his grip on power.
The associate said Mr. Zardari, 56, will stay under observation in the Gulf sheikdom for about two weeks before returning. He said there is no question that Mr. Zardari was too ill to return to office, echoing what other officials have said in recent days.
A “ministroke” is medically known as a transient ischemic attack. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted, causing symptoms similar to a stroke but not as long-lasting.
The associate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, said the diagnosis was made by the president’s two physicians.
Attack in shopping square leaves 4 dead, 75 wounded
LIEGE — A man armed with grenades and an assault rifle attacked holiday shoppers Tuesday at a central square in the Belgian city of Liege, leaving four people dead and wounding 75, officials said.
It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack, but Interior Ministry official Peter Mertens said it did not involve terrorism.
Belgian officials identified the attacker as Norodine Amrani, 33, a Liege resident who they said had done jail time for offenses involving guns, drugs and sexual abuse.
He was among the dead, but Liege Prosecutor Danielle Reynders told reporters it was unclear if he committed suicide or died by accident. He did not die at the hands of police, she said.
The dead included two teenage boys, 15 and 17; and a 75-year-old woman. The La Libre newspaper reported that a 2-year-old girl was clinging to life.
Ms. Reynders said Mr. Amrani had been summoned for police questioning Tuesday but the reason for the questioning was not clear.
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