Crimean Tatar leader dies

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The Crimean Tatar leader, Iskander Memetov, died of wounds suffered in an assassination attempt that left two other people dead and 11 wounded on Tuesday, AFP reports from Sebastopol.

Mr Memetov, who was also economic adviser to the Crimean parliament speaker, Nikolai Bagrov, was shot by unidentified gunmen who opened fire as he and several members of his family got out of their car outside their house in Simferopol, capital of the autonomous Ukrainian republic of Crimea. His driver and bodyguard were killed and 10 other family members were injured. Mr Memetov was a powerful businessman and leading representative of the Tatar community in the largely Russian-speaking peninsula.