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27 Jan, 2009 05:30

Abkhaz official gunned down

Abkhaz official gunned down

Abkhazia’s Deputy Interior Minister has been killed in Abkhazia’s capital Sukhum by an unknown assailant.

The murder of Zakhan Dzhugelia took place Monday evening in a cafeteria. A masked gunman fired two shots point blank from a shotgun, hitting the official in the chest and head. He then fled the scene before anyone could react.

Some reports suggest that there were actually two attackers.

Dzhugelia was taken to hospital, but doctors couldn’t save his life.

Abkhaz head Sergey Bagapsh said he believed the crime was aimed at destabilising the situation in the republic.

Another theory is that it was an act of revenge by criminals, since Dzhugelia was the chief of criminal investigations in Abkhazia.