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Newsline: Russia denies ambassador to Yemen was killed after gunmen ‘stormed embassy’

Russia has denied its ambassador to Yemen has been killed after Saudi Arabian reports said gunman had shot him after storming the embassy. Saudi media said Ambassador Vladimir Dedushkin was assassinated in the capital Sanaa. The alleged assassination was reported by Saudi Arabia’s Barq news agency. But some reports have since claimed Mr Dedushkin has not died. The Russian Embassy in Yemen has reportedly said “no one’s been shot”, telling NBC no one had been attacked. A Russian official quoted in Zvezda, a Russian nationwide TV station run by the Ministry of Defence, has denied the reports of an assassination attempt. A Spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said that they had made contact with the Ambassador and said the initial reports were false.



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