Assassination attempt on Armenian businessman
Mediamax news agency
26 May 04
Yerevan, 26 May: An assassination attempt was made on the businessman,
president and director general of the company Armenia-Lada, Rafael
Shakhmuradyan in Yerevan, on the night of 24th to 25th May, the
Yerevan newspaper Ayots Ashkhar reported today.
Quoting sources in the law-enforcement bodies, the newspaper noted
that the assassination attempt was committed on the Bagramyan avenue,
close to Friendship Square. A weapon in a Niva vehicle opened fire
on the Nissan-Patrol which Rafael Shakhmuradyan was driving.
Ayots Ashkhar reported that Rafael Shakhmuradyan was severely wounded
and is in hospital. The gang disappeared from the scene of the crime.
The company Armenia-Lada is the largest importer of the vehicles
produced in Russia. The company Karkomavto, which also belongs to
Shakkhmuradyan, is a Peugeot and Nissan dealer in Armenia.