Myanmar leading lawyer Ko Ni assassinated at Yangon airport
Jan.30, Yangon: A leading lawyer and adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party has been shot dead at Yangon airport in Myanmar.
Ko Ni was shot in the head at point blank range on Sunday after arriving at the airport. He was holding a child, reportedly his grandson, at the time.
A taxi driver was also shot dead.
A suspect has been detained but there are no details on the motive.
Ko Ni was one of few prominent Muslims in a country dominated by Buddhists.
It is not clear if that was a factor in his death. Political killings are extremely rare in Myanmar.
His daughter, Yin Nwe Khine, told Reuters he was "often threatened" because he had spoken out against the continuing influence of the military of politics.
"We were warned to be careful, but my father didn't accept that easily. He always did what he thought was right.
"A lot of people hate us because we have different religious beliefs, so I think that might be why it happened to him, but I don't know the reason."
The Oslo Times International News Network