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SUVA, Fiji Islands (July 9, 2000 – ABC News Online/Australian Broadcasting Corporation)---The country’s political crisis claimed a second life when the man shot by troops last week died in a Suva hospital.

The death comes as the rebels and Fiji's military continue to discuss a timetable that could see the hostages released on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old man was one of five rebel supporters wounded in gunfire during a clash with Fiji troops outside parliament last week Tuesday.

The man, wounded in the arm and legs, had fallen into a coma.

A policeman had earlier been shot in a riot and died on May 28.

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