Feb 13, 2011, 13:04 GMT
Bratislava - A 43-year-old man was shot dead in his car in Slovakia in what police said Sunday was a mafia-style slaying.
Police suspected a number of assailants in the shooting of the man in the town of Galanta, some 50 kilometres east of the capital Bratislava overnight Sunday, the state TASR agency reported.
They said that the victim was driving in his BMW-brand car but forced to stop when a dark vehicle with a blue flashing light such as police cars have, blocked its way. The driver was then gunned to death.
The killing was reminiscent of numerous such killings in the 1990s in Slovakia, some of them claiming the lives of innocent bystanders, but over the past 10 years the country had been largely quiet.
Lately however, there have been some cases of spectacular murders, suggesting a mafia background.