Shortly after hosting a talk on missing activists, Sabeen Mahmud, a well-known Pakistani human rights advocate, was fatally shot Friday in the city of Karachi.
Reuters reported that Mahmud was shot in her car after leaving T2F, the coffeehouse formerly known as The Second Floor that she owned and where she hosted events. Her mother was also wounded in the attack.
Tariq Dharejo, a senior police official, told Reuters that Mahmud was shot by two gunmen on a motorcycle.
Mahmud was shot four times at close range, with bullets going through her shoulder, chest, and abdomen, Al Jazeera reported. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the National Medical Centre hospital at 9:40 p.m. local time.
Mahmud had just wrapped up an event at the coffeehouse titled "Unsilencing Balochistan Take 2," which focused on missing activists from Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province.
Mahmud’s last tweet linked to an Instagram photo of the discussion.
Reports of her death unleashed a flood of grief and anger on social media.
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