Russian ambassador Mirgayas Shirinskiy found dead in Sudan swimming pool

Russia's ambassador to Sudan, Mirgayas Shirinsky, has been found dead in the swimming pool at his home in Khartoum.

Russia's foreign ministry confirmed the news in a statement carried by state media.

No official cause of death has been given, but foul play has been ruled out, a senior police officer told AFP.

Al-Hadar stated that Shirinskiy made a lot of effort to develop relations between Russian Federation and Sudan since he was appointed to the Khartoum embassy in 2013.

The diplomat died while swimming in the pool of his residence, according to state broadcaster Russian Federation 24.

The Press Secretary at the Russian embassy, Sergei Konyashin, said there were signs that the 63-year-old Ambassador had suffered a severe heart attack, reported the Sudan Tribune.

The ministry offered its condolences to the government and people of Russian Federation and praised Shirinsky's diplomatic efforts while in office.

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An eyewitness who spoke with local police said the situation was "very tense" and all surrounding shops are being evacuated. There were also reports that detectives believe two vans were used, one for the attack and a second as a getaway vehicle.

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Shirinskiy, 62, had high blood pressure, and authorities believe he died of natural causes, police told Reuters.

Shirinsky, who was reportedly fluent in Arabic and English, was a diplomat since 1977, AFP reported.

Mr Shirinsky served in the Russian diplomatic corps for 40 years.

Born in 1954, Shirinsky has become Russia's ambassador to Sudan since 2013.

Though there is no evidence to suggest anything suspicious about Shirinskiy's death, he is the latest in a long line of Russian emissaries to die in the past year.

This picture taken on December 19, 2016 shows Andrey Karlov (2ndR), the Russian ambassador to Ankara, lying on the floor after being shot by a gunman (R) during an attack during a public event in Ankara.


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