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Bulgarian football team chairman shot dead in Sofia 2007-05-15 11:00:19
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    BEIJING, May 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Alexander Tassev, chairman of the Bulgarian football team Lokomotiv-Plovdiv, was found dead in Sofia Monday, according to local police.

    His body was found in a Mercedes on Sevastokrator Kaloyan Street in the luxurious district of Boyana. Police believed that he was shot twice in head shortly after 00:11 am.

    Tassev, 45, became the owner of Lokomotiv Plovdiv in 2006. His business interests ranged from food industry to fuels, retail and entertainment. Unofficial information however said he maintained close links with drug traffickers.

    Lokomotiv, Bulgaria's league champions in 2004, said it had cancelled a training session scheduled for Monday.

    Police found it difficult to identify the victim, as the car, the body has been discovered in, was registered in the name of a leasing company.

    This is the second public execution in less than a week, after Dimitar Yankov, chair of the municipal council of the coastal town of Nessebar and a major hotelkeeper in the seaside resort of Sunny Beach, was shot dead Wednesday evening in Burgas.

    Lokomotiv's previous owner, suspected mob boss Georgi Iliev, was also assassinated in 2005, shot by a sniper at his restaurant at the Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach.


Editor: Feng Tao
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