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Dutch Politician Fortuyn Shot

May 6, 2002

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Right-wing politician Pim Fortuyn has been shot and gravely wounded, police said.

Fortuyn’s spokesman told Dutch television Fortuyn was unlikely to survive.

Fortuyn was shot at least six times in the head, chest and neck, Dutch media reported.

``I have understood he is in critical danger″ and could die soon, said Warmer Dam, spokesman of the party, ``Pim Fortuyn’s List.″

The attack on Fortuyn, 53, came nine days before national elections. Opinion polls predicted the politician, campaigning on an anti-immigrant platform, would lead one of the largest parties in parliament.

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