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Chief Of Forensics Center Shot Dead In Central Kazakhstan


QARAGHANDY -- The director of a government forensics center in central Kazakhstan has been shot dead, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Police said Meiram Shakirov was shot twice by an unknown assailant as he entered his office in Qaraghandy at around 9 a.m. local time today.

Police said the murderer managed to escape.

They said a preliminary investigation points to a contract killing.
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