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Abkhazia official killed in blast

October 26, 2008|Times Wire Reports

An explosion killed the mayor of a small town near the separatist region of Abkhazia, Georgia's Interior Ministry said.

The explosion killed Mujhava Mayor Gia Mebonia while he was inspecting a house damaged by overnight shelling. A villager was also killed and a police officer was seriously injured.

The explosion comes at a time of increasing tensions in the areas surrounding the breakaway Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russia and Georgia fought a war over South Ossetia in August.

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