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Lawyer for Myanmar's ruling party assassinated at airport

In this Feb. 28, 2016, photo, Ko Ni, a legal adviser for Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy and a prominent member of Myanmar's Muslim minority, is photographed in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. A gunman killed a legal adviser for Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the Yangon airport, the government said. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

In this Feb. 28, 2016, photo, Ko Ni, a legal adviser for Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy and a prominent member of Myanmar's Muslim minority, is photographed in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. A gunman killed a legal adviser for Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the Yangon airport, the government said. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

A supporter of Myanmar's ruling party says a legal adviser for the National League for Democracy was assassinated Sunday at the airport after returning from a trip overseas.

Ko Ni was the Supreme Court advocate for the NLD and a longstanding adviser to the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

A friend and witness, Thet Paing Soe, said the suspected assassin also killed a taxi driver as he tried to flee the Yangon airport then was arrested by police.

The suspect's identity and motive were not known.