KARACHI: Renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri, 45, was shot dead in Karachi on Wednesday, two days after masked men kidnapped the son of a top provincial judge.
Officials said two gunmen shot at the windscreen of Sabris car as it drove off a bridge in the congested Liaquatabad area of the city, and a relative, Saleem Sabri, travelling with him 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.
Sabri was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Amjad Sabri expired on the way to the hospital, police surgeon Rohina Hasan said. He was shot three times.
It was a targeted killing and an act of terrorism, Muqaddas Haider, another senior police officer said, without naming possible suspects.
Liaquatabad SHO was suspended following the attack.
Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident.
His killing was met with shock and condemnation by many.
Totally shocked to hear the news of @AmjadSabri. May Allah bless him with Jannah (heaven) for he praised Him & His Prophet beautifully all his life, tweeted Ayaz Sadiq, the speaker of Pakistans parliament.
Shocked and saddened by news of the killing of Amjad Sabri, not just a crime but an attack on our culture and heritage, added Mustafa Qadri, a human rights researcher at Amnesty International.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack.
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