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Danish national shot at in Moscow

In an apparent hate crime, a Danish national was shot in a Moscow cafe by a Russian Muslim.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 16:45 IST

In an apparent hate crime, a Danish national was shot in a Moscow cafe by a Russian Muslim.

The police, however, denied any link between the incident and the protests against publishing of caricature of Prophet Mohammad in western dailies.

Following a heated exchange in a cafe in downtown Moscow, a Caucasian man took out a 'non-lethal' pistol and shot in the chest the Danish national sitting at the nearby table with his American and British friends on Sunday night, ITAR-TASS reported.

Police said the detained attacker, 25-year old Caucasian Muslim, a resident of Moscow, said that he acted in the "sudden fit of hatred".

"The Caucasian shot at random and by chance hit the Danish national injuring him," the agency quoted a police source as saying who denied to link the incident with protests against the publishing of Prophet Mohammad's caricature by several western dailies.

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 16:45 IST