Two dead in explosion near Abkhazia

October 26th, 2008 - 3:17 am ICT by IANS  

Tblisi/Moscow, Oct 26 (DPA) A high-ranking local politician was killed Saturday in an explosion in Georgia along with another resident of a community just outside the breakaway region of Abkazia, local media reported.Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili dubbed it a “terrorist act” and called together his security council in the capital Tblisi.

Abkazian leaders denied involvement in the attack.

Tensions have remained high since August following a five-day war between Georgia and Russia over the breakaway regions of Abkazia and South Ossetia, which have since unilaterally declared independence from Georgia and been recognised by Russia.

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