20-year-old Russian midfielder tragically shot and killed at family home 9 years ago

20-year-old Russian midfielder tragically shot and killed at family home

Russian football is in a state of mourning following the tragic death of one of their promising young talents.

Gasan Magomedov was killed near his parents' home inĀ North CaucasusĀ on Saturday night. The 20-year-old Anzhi Makhachkala player was driving when his car was sprayed by machine-gun fire. He died en route to hospital.

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No arrests have been made and a motive for his killing has yet to be established. No other casualties have been reported from the incident.

Magomedov was a regular starter for Anzhi's youth and reserve teams and the club have issued a statement today saying he could not have provoked an attack such as this. The club also expressed their deepest condolences to Magomedov's family.

Shoot-outs between rebels and Russian police are not uncommon in the volatile region of Dagestan, where the incident took place and where Anzhi is based. There is a long-running Islamist insurgency in the area.

The violence in Dagestan has intensified so much that the club had a policy of basing star players, including striker Samuel Eto'o, in Moscow, away from the threat of danger.

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Hat-tip to the Guardian