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Popular Kurdish singer shot in head

The popular folk singer Ibrahim Tatlises was shot in the head outside a TV studio, leaving him in a critical condition.

He had been performing in his own music show in central Istanbul before the unidentified attackers, armed with Kalashnikovs, struck at about midnight on Sunday. His spokeswoman was also hit, and was said to be in a stable condition.

No group has claimed involvement in the attack on Tatlises, who is a Kurd, but he was reportedly shot in the leg in 1990 and escaped unharmed in another incident in 1998.