Pro-Chechen Turkish businessman shot dead in Ankara

ANKARA (Turkey) (AP) - Turkey's state-run agency said a pro-Chechen businessman has been shot dead in the Turkish capital, the latest victim in a wave of assassinations of Chechens in Turkey.

The Anadolu Agency said Mr Medet Unlu, a Turkish businessman of Chechen origin, was found dead in his office in Ankara late on Wednesday.

Anadolu reported on Thursday that Mr Unlu had provided assistance to refugees escaping the conflict in Chechnya.

At least six other Chechens have been killed in Turkey since 2008, including three who were gunned down in Istanbul in 2011. The assailants have not been caught.

Chechen groups have blamed Russia or Moscow-backed Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov for the killings, claims they have denied.

Chechnya, a predominantly Muslim province in Russia, was devastated by two separatist wars.