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29 Jan, 2010 13:43

Blast kills three in Abkhazia

An explosion, believed to be a terrorist attack, occurred in the republic of Abkhazia on Friday. At least three people, including one police officer, have been killed and seven more have been injured.

During an investigation of suspected criminal activity in the village of Saberio of the Gal region, the servicemen hit a land mine.

The wounded were hospitalized in Sukhumi in serious conditions.

Coordinator of the Abkhaz law enforcement agencies, Lavrentiy Mikvabiya, shared some background with Interfax.

“A woman came to the Gal region's interior affairs department in the morning and said a local's family had been attacked. A police unit composed of criminal search officers went to the scene. When the policemen examined the area around the house of the attacked man, they triggered a mine set up by the criminals,” Mikvabiya said.