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Policeman Shoots Colleague at Dagestan Wedding

An off-duty policeman shot and killed a colleague while firing a celebratory volley into the air at a wedding in Dagestan.

"During the wedding procession one of the guests, a policeman, who was not on duty at the time, started shooting into the air. One of the bullets, changing direction, hit a man traveling in a car at the head of the column. As a result the man received a fatal injury and died in hospital," the local police said.

The victim was identified as a sergeant who also was not on duty at the event in the republic's Babayurtovsky District, Interfax reported Sunday.

The Investigative Committee in Dagestan confirmed that the incident had taken place, and said that the circumstances were being investigated.

The possibility of opening a criminal case is under discussion.

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