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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Transdnestr Politician Shot Dead

A politician close to the son of the leader of the self-proclaimed Transdnestr republic has been fatally shot outside his apartment in the breakaway region's capital, authorities said Tuesday.

Viktor Neumoin, who headed of the Tiraspol branch of the Patriotic Party of Transdnestr, was shot late Monday by a man who was waiting for him in a car outside his apartment building, the region's information ministry said.

Neumoin died immediately, the official Transdnestr Lenta PMR news agency reported. Militia were searching for the suspected shooter, the agency reported.

There was no immediate comment from Transdnestr authorities on the shooting.

The Patriotic Party of Transdnestr, which is pro-Russian and pro-independence, is headed by Oleg Smirnov, son of authoritarian leader Igor Smirnov, who has led the region since 1990.

The shooting comes amid rising tensions in the province. On Monday, separatist authorities controlling Transdnestr detained five opposition Communist leaders, who are accused of trying to organize an unauthorized protest.

Transdnestr, a province in eastern Moldova, broke away in 1992 after a bloody war with Moldova that left more than 1,500 people dead.