Russian opposition leader gunned down in Moscow

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top investigative body says it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life.

A statement from the body, the Investigative Committee, did not address the possibility seen as likely by many of Nemtsov's supporters — that he was killed for being one of President Vladimir Putin's most adamant and visible critics.

The 55-year-old Nemtsov was gunned down early Saturday as he walked on a bridge near the Kremlin with a female companion.

The committee said it was looking into whether he had been killed as a "sacrificial victim for those who do not shun any method for achieving their political goals."

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