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Samba Lampsar Sall (ITAR-TASS)
April 8, 2006 -- Some 200 Russian and foreign students and young people demonstrated silently in St. Petersburg today to protest the murder of a Senegalese student.
They left flowers at the place where Samba Lampsar Sall was gunned down on April 7.
The 28-year-old Sall was killed as he emerged from a nightclub, where he and other students had been holding an annual faculty party.
Prosecutors quote witnesses as saying Sall's murderers used a shotgun decorated with a Nazi swastika symbol.
The Senegalese government demanded on April 8 that Sall's killers be "prosecuted and severely punished."
St. Petersburg has been the scene of several attacks and killings on foreigners. In most instances, the culprits were skinheads.
Yusuf Sultonov, whose 9-year-old daughter was beaten and stabbed to death in St. Petersburg on February 9, 2004 (TASS)
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