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Editor of Independent Zimbabwe News Site Shot in South Africa

The editor of an independent Zimbabwean news Web site is in critical, but stable condition after being shot and seriously wounded near his home in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Witnesses at the scene say ZimOnline editor Abel Mutsakani was shot by three gunmen as he parked his car near his home late Monday.

A ZimOnline deputy editor, Abel Chapatarongo, has told VOA that Mutsakani had surgery to repair a nerve in his left arm. He says one bullet remains lodged near Mutsakani's heart and that doctors have decided it cannot be removed.

Chapatarongo said the assailants did not steal anything from Mutsakani. He said the gunmen simply shot him and ran away.

Mutsakani was editor of Zimbabwe's most popular daily newspaper, The Daily News, until it was banned under the country's tough media laws in 2003. He later moved to South Africa where he launched ZimOnline.

The Web site often provides critical coverage of the economic and political crisis in Zimbabwe, where most of the remaining media is state-controlled.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .