One of Pakistan’s most famous Sufi musicians. Amjad Sabri, was gunned down Wednesday by Pakistani Taliban in the southern city of Karachi.
According to police, Sabri, 45, was targeted by two assailants on a motorcycle and fired five or six shots into his car. He died on his way to the hospital.
Sabri was one of South Asia’s most famous Sufi musicians of the “qawwali,” which is devotional Sufi music that originated over 700 years ago. They performed internationally and were well known for their mystical Islamic poetry.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and a spokesman for the branch, Qari Saifullah Saif said his type of music is “blasphemous.”
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif released a statement calling the killing of Sabri a “terrorist attack.”
The interior ministry also released a statement saying Pakistan intelligence agencies will work to track down Sabri’s killers.
Sabri’s death was the latest in a string of increased violence in the city of Karashi, Pakistan’s most highly populated city.