Russian ambassador to Sudan found dead in swimming pool

Reuters News
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Posted: Aug 23, 2017 4:09 PM

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Russia's ambassador to Sudan, Mirgayas Shirinskiy, was found dead in the swimming pool at his home in Khartoum on Wednesday, the Sudanese police said.

It remains unclear what caused Shirinskiy to drown, however, he was known to have suffered from high blood pressure, a spokesman for the police told Reuters.

Sudan's foreign ministry expressed its condolences to Russia in a statement, hailing Shirinskiy's diplomatic efforts.

(Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Nadine Awadalla Editing by Jeremy Gaunt and Cynthia Osterman)