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Death toll in Bulgaria Roma shootout hits four

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A former Bulgarian army officer who opened fire on a Roma family on the outskirts of Sofia and then shot himself has died, as has a third victim, hospital sources said Tuesday.

Ethnic Bulgarian Ivan Kamlukov, 67, entered his Roma neighbours' house on Monday and shot at five adults and six children with a handgun.

None of the children were hurt but a 26-year-old Roma man was killed on the spot, the interior ministry said.

Two women -- aged 28 and 56 -- and a 22-year-old man were hospitalised with life-threatening injuries and hospital sources said both women had died overnight.

The alleged attacker -- who was hospitalised in critical condition after turning the gun on himself -- has also died, the hospital said.

Police and witnesses said that he had been irritated by the smell of burning tyres coming from his neighbours' courtyard on Sunday.

Police were deployed in the heavily populated, mainly Roma neighbourhood to prevent further incidents as a crowd of Roma gathered outside the shooter's house, some threatening on television to destroy it.

Bulgaria's 700,000-strong Roma minority is highly ghettoised and discriminated against, and violent incidents -- both between Roma and between Roma and non-Roma -- are frequent.

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