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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Greek Envoy Killed In Georgian Capital




TBILISI, Georgia -- A Greek diplomat was killed by automatic weapons-fire in Georgia's capital, police said.


Anastasius Mizitrasos, 37, had been working as a security attache at the Greek Embassy in Tbilisi since March 1997. He was shot and killed Thursday by unidentified gunmen just inside the house where he lived with his wife and child, said Demuri Beradze, duty officer of the district police in Tbilisi's prestigious Vake neighborhood.


The gunmen escaped in a car, which was later found burned, Russian media reported.


The diplomat was shot in the head and seven bullet holes were found in his body, Russia's NTV television reported.


Moscow television station ORT reported speculation in Tbilisi that the killing was tied to disputes over the issuing of Greek visas to Georgian workers who provide "cheap labor." However, Georgian police would not discuss possible motives for the killing.


An investigation into the killing has begun, Beradze said. The Greek Embassy declined to comment.