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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Man Shoots Kirovsk Mayor, Self

The mayor of the Murmansk region city of Kirovsk was shot dead in his office by a local businessman who then killed himself, the Investigative Committee said Wednesday.

The businessman entered the office of Mayor Ilya Kelmanzon and shot the mayor and a local utilities official dead before turning the gun on himself, investigators said.

Itar-Tass identified the gunman as businessman Ivan Ankushev.

Ankushev had reportedly been renting space for his grocery store from the local administration, and officials' refusal to extend the lease may have been motive for the attack, local committee spokeswoman Evelina Makarova told Interfax.

The Murmansk region has seen mounting social discontent amid the country's financial crisis.

(MT, AP)