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Hungary - MP killed in hunting accident

UPDATE - MP killed in hunting accident (adds details and Socialist party condolences)

Budapest, November 26 (MTI) - A Socialist Member of Parliament died in hospital after being shot in a hunting accident on Saturday, a police spokesman told MTI.

Arpad Urban, who was an MP for the constituency of Balassagyarmat, N Hungary, was rushed to intensive care after being shot near the heart in the hunting area between Balassagyarmat and Ersekvadkert on Saturday, Otto Kaszas said.

Urban, 63, died when his brother, ten years his elder, shot him by accident while pursuing a wild boar. The older brother fired the fatal shot while he was making a turning movement in the direction where he suspected the prey.

The doctor on duty in the intensive care department confirmed Urban's death, but said no details were to be released at the request of the bereaved family. Police have begun an investigation.

Chairman of the Socialist party Istvan Hiller and head of the Socialist parliamentary group Ildiko Lendvai expressed their condolences in a joint statement.

Urban had been a member of the Socialist party since 1989. He was an expert on education and sports matters, and worked to improve the opportunities of children growing up in needy families.

Urban is survived by his wife and two grown-up children.

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