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Two Roma die in Hungary shooting

Scene of fatal attack in Nagycsecs, 3 Nov 08
It is not yet clear who attacked the house or why

Police in Hungary are investigating the deaths of two people in a shooting that a Roma (Gypsy) member of the European Parliament is calling a racist attack.

The victims were a Roma man and a woman in their 40s, who were shot through the window of a house in the village of Nagycsecs, in north-eastern Hungary.

Petrol bombs were thrown inside before the shots were fired, police said.

The Hungarian MEP, Viktoria Mohacsi, said she had evidence pointing to a "racist motivation" for the attack.

A second house was also attacked early on Monday, police said.

Other Roma properties had been firebombed in north-eastern Hungary before Monday's incident.

A spokesman for Hungary's National Gypsy Authority, Janos Bogdan, was quoted as saying two pubs run by Roma in nearby Sajoszoged and Sajooros had been attacked with petrol bombs overnight on Sunday, shortly before the Nagycsecs attack.

Nagycsecs has some 1,000 residents, many of whom are Roma, the Budapest Times newspaper reports.

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