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Roma woman shot dead in latest Hungary attack

* Police say shooting part of string of attacks on Roma

* More than half dozen killed in attacks

(Updates with police statement)

BUDAPEST, Aug 3 (Reuters) - A Hungarian Roma woman was shot dead and her daughter seriously injured when their house in the eastern village of Kisleta was attacked overnight in the latest of a series of attacks on Roma, police said on Monday.

"Based on investigation at the crime scene and earlier experiences, it is likely that this attack is part of a series of attacks on Roma," the national police said in a statement.

"Until we receive contrary information, we treat it as the latest of a string of attacks on Roma," it added.

Attacks against the Roma, often called gypsies, who make up about five to seven percent of Hungary's population of 10 million, have increased as the Central European country's economic crisis has deepened.

More than half a dozen Roma have been killed over the past year, in most cases at night in their homes without any apparent provocation.

"In the early morning hours a 45-year-old woman suffered an attack in her own home in Kisleta," Rita Fedor, a spokeswoman for the Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg county police, said.

"The woman was shot and killed and her 13-year-old daughter suffered life-threatening injuries and remains hospitalised," she added.

In February, in one of the most brutal attacks on Roma, a man and his five-year-old son were shot dead when they attempted to flee their home that was set on fire with a Molotov cocktail. Kisleta mayor Sandor Penzes said residents reported three or four gunshots in the attack.

"I've been mayor here for 19 years, but such (incidents) are not characteristic of this area ... we have not had a single slap exchanged between a Roma and a Hungarian."

Hungary's radical far-right Jobbik party snapped up three of Hungary's 22 seats in the European Parliament in June, capitalising on the economic malaise and resentment of the Roma. (Reporting by Gergely Szakacs and Balazs Koranyi; editing by Michael Roddy)

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