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NewsDays: Gunman Kills TV Executive in Armenia

By Associated Press

December 29, 2002, 3:47 AM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia — The chief of Armenia’s leading television station was shot and killed in the second recent attack on a media figure in the country, officials said Sunday.

Tigran Nagdalian was shot near his parents’ apartment in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, and later died in surgery, said Armenian Public Television and Radio spokesman Artur Grigorian. The attacker fled and no arrests have been made.

Armenian Public Television, which is owned by the state and run by a board appointed by the president, is the country’s main station. Nagdalian was a supporter of President Robert Kocharian, who is expected to run for another term in Feb. 19 elections.

In October, Mark Grigorian, deputy head of the Caucasus Institute for Mass Media, suffered lung and head injuries in a grenade attack.

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