Abkhazian PM escapes assassination

The Prime Minister of the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia, Aleksandr Ankvab, has escaped an assassination attempt. He was shot at while driving to the republic's capital Sukhumi from his home.

According to reports, a number of armed men opened fire at his car using automatic weapons.

The Republic's Interior Ministry says the Prime Minister suffered minor injuries and was rushed to a local hospital.

The Republic's President Sergey Bagapsh says the Prime Minister is currently back at his home.

This is the fourth attack against the Prime Minister since he too up the post in February 2005.