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Gunmen kill famous Sufi singer in Pakistan

Updated at: 06/22/2016 10:52 AM
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(AP) KARACHI, Pakistan - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say gunmen have killed a famous Sufi singer in the southern port city of Karachi.

Police officer Arif Mahar says Amjad Sabri was shot several times Wednesday while driving in his car. Sabri's brother, who was also in the car, was wounded.

Sabri and his late father, Ghulam Farid Sabri, were well-known qawwali singers, a style of music rooted in Sufism, or Islamic mysticism. Islamic extremists reject Sufi traditions and have targeted Sufis in past attacks.

Karachi has long been gripped by violence, with attacks carried out by Islamic militants as well as ethnic separatists, criminal gangs and rival political parties. On Tuesday, gunmen killed a member of the Ahmadi religious minority, and the son of a provincial judge was abducted. No one has claimed the attacks.

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