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Man shot dead in Ayia Napa (updated)

A 66-year-old taxi driver was gunned down in Ayia Napa on Tuesday lunchtime with police arresting a relative for the crime.

Father of four Pantelis Ropas, from Sotira, was playing backgammon with a colleague at the taxi office on Nissi Avenue when the 35-year-old suspect arrived in a twin cab pickup.

Police said the suspect, who is also a taxi driver, allegedly shot the victim twice.

The 66-year-old staggered for a couple of metres before collapsing on the road unconscious.

He was rushed to a clinic where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The suspect fled the scene but was arrested by police shortly afterwards at his home in Xylophagou.

One of Ropas’ four sons, reports said, was married to the sister of the suspect but they separated recently and the two families have been at loggerheads since.

“The cause of the murder stems from either professional or family differences between the victim and the suspect,” Famagusta police spokesman Giorgos Economou said.

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