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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

One Killed In Shootout In Angara

One man was killed and five others injured, including a British businessman, when two gunmen opened fire in a busy restaurant in central Moscow over the weekend, a city police spokesman said Monday.


Vladimir Zubkov said the incident took place on Saturday evening, when the two men walked into the kitchen of the Angara restaurant on Novy Arbat and shot a 27-year-old man in the head and chest. The victim, identified by police only as Dadayev, died of his wounds. Two other men in the kitchen were injured and received treatment in hospital.


The gunmen then opened fire on diners in the restaurant while making their escape. Those hurt included the British businessman, as well as a security guard and army officer, Zubkov said.


The businessman was named by the police as Peter Somerhill, 43, an employee of a company they named as Albert. He was grazed by a bullet and received a back injury, Zubkov said.


A spokeswoman at the British Embassy commercial department said Monday there was no company under the name of Albert registered in the embassy's business directory.


The police have recovered 14 9-mm bullets, the type used in a Makarov pistol, a gun frequently employed by criminals, Zubkov added.


There was no apparent motive for the attack. Shootings and bombings have become increasingly common in Moscow since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, as rival criminal gangs fight territorial wars and prey on the private businesses that have mushroomed in the new economic conditions.