A celebrated Pakistani musician was killed in a hail of gunfire Wednesday, spurring grief throughout the nation.
Amjad Sabri, 45, was one of South Asia's most popular singers of the "qawwali," Sufi devotional music that dates back more than 700 years.
Officials said two gunmen shot at the windshield of Sabri's car as it drove from a bridge in the congested Liaquatabad area of the southern city. A relative traveling with Sabri was also injured.
"Two attackers riding a motorcycle intercepted his car and targeted Amjad Sabri, who was driving," Sindh police chief Allah Dino Khawaja told Reuters.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
"Amjad Sabri expired on the way to the hospital," police surgeon Rohina Hasan said. "He was shot three times."
Police gave no further details.
Violence is common in Karachi despite a sharp decline in murders since the Pakistani military launched a crackdown two years ago against suspected militants and violent criminals.
Two days ago, a lawyer, the son of Sindh High Court Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, was abducted outside a city supermarket. The motive for the kidnapping was not immediately clear, authorities said.
In May, gunmen shot dead prominent Pakistani rights activist Khurram Zaki, known for his outspoken stance against the Taliban and other radical Islamist groups, in the central part of the city.
In April last year, prominent activist Sabeen Mahmud was shot and killed while traveling in her car.
Sabri's death has left the nation reeling in sorrow and anger.
No words. This is extremely sad, disturbing and unacceptable specially since he had submitted an application for his protection! #AmjadSabri— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) June 22, 2016
This is the work of mindless fanatics who are trained to hate & kill anyone who doesn't subscribe to their version of religion. #AmjadSabri— Snober A. Abbasi (@snobers) June 22, 2016
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