THE brazen murder of a Sikh community leader in Canada is just the latest assassination in a spate of shocking attacks.
Assassins seem to be becoming increasingly bold in their schemes, employing tricky tactics and innocuous-seeming tools such as an umbrella or cup of tea.
From a former Indian MP who was shot dead on live TV to a Russian double agent poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury, these are some of the world’s most brazen assassinations in recent memory:
Sikh leader shot dead
It has been just three months since Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was shot dead outside a temple in British Columbia.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed on Monday the country was “actively pursuing credible allegations” linking Indian government agents to Nijjar’s murder.
It sparked a major diplomatic row, with Ottowa and Delhi sending envoys home in tit-for-tat expulsions.
Canadian citizen Nijjar is understood to have supported a Sikh homeland in the form of an independent Khalistani state and was classed a “terrorist” by India in July 2020.
Trudeau said he raised the murder with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the recent G20 summit in New Delhi and urged his government to “cooperate with Canada to get to the bottom of this matter”.
According to the Iranian Fars news agency, the initial shots fired at Dr Fakhrizadeh’s bullet-proof car came from a remotely-operated machine gun mounted on a Nissan pick-up truck which exploded with a self-destruct mechanism.
The devastating attack lasted three minutes.
No culprits were caught, although it was claimed more than 60 Mossad agents were involved in the hit.
Chilling footage showed him being escorted out of the event by guards and into a white truck before gunfire erupted.
It is understood the aspiring president was shot three times in the head. He was declared dead at a nearby clinic.
One suspect was killed and another nine people, including a female candidate for the National Assembly and two police officers, were injured in the crossfire with security services.
A provincial governor in central Philippines, Roel Degamo, and five others were shot dead by unknown gunmen in March this year.
Police said six people carrying rifles and dressed in military garb and bulletproof vests opened fire on Degamo as he sat behind a desk speaking with locals in his own residential compound in Pamplona.
The 56-year-old was the third politician to be shot since last year’s local elections but the country’s first sitting governor to be assassinated in 35 years.
His widow Janice Degamo said in a video shared to Facebook: “Governor Degamo did not deserve that kind of death. He was serving his constituents on a Saturday.”