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6 May, 2008 19:35

Uzbekistani couple stabbed to death in Moscow

A married couple from Uzbekistan have been brutally stabbed to death in a murder police say may be racially motivated.

Witnesses of the Moscow attack say a gang beat them with metal rods and stabbed them repeatedly with a knife.

The victims were working as street cleaners in the Russian capital.

The man died of injuries at the scene, in the north-east of the city, and his wife died later while receiving treatment from paramedics.

Police are hunting the three men who they believe carried out the attack.

They were last seen escaping towards the nearest metro station.