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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Minority Members Killed in Separate Attacks

Two men, one Kyrgyz and the other Azeri, were stabbed to death Tuesday, bringing the number of fatal attacks on dark-skinned people in the city in the past week to six.

The men were killed by unidentified assailants in separate attacks in the south and northeast of the city, an unidentified police official told Itar-Tass news agency, reported Wednesday.

The Kyrgyz national, whose name wasn't disclosed, was found near 24 Simferopolsky Bulvar in southern Moscow with multiple stab wounds to the back, head and neck.

The victim worked as a merchandiser for the Pyatyorochka grocery chain, reported.

The Azeri man, who wasn't identified, was attacked on Baikalskaya Ulitsa in the city's northeast and also died of multiple stab wounds, the web site said.

City police spokeswoman Alevtina Belousova could not immediately comment on the reports when contacted Wednesday. Calls to police later in the day went unanswered.

No one could be reached for comment at either the Kyrgyz or Azeri embassies Wednesday afternoon.

Twenty-three people have been killed and more than 50 injured in hate crimes nationwide since the beginning of the year, with 14 of the murders occurring in Moscow, according to statistics from the Sova Center.

A total of 67 people were killed and more than 550 injured nationwide in ethnically motivated crimes last year.