Probe into fatal mosque attack in Abkhazia near end, says official

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The probe into a fatal mosque attack in Abkhazia is near its end, an official in Abkhazia said on Monday.

Abkhaz Interior Minister Leonid Dziapshba said that investigators already knew why the Oct. 8 attack had occurred and who might be behind the attack, according to reports reaching here.

The attack against the mosque at Gudauta killed one prayer.

The Abkhaz law-enforcement agencies have been conducting investigation along several lines including possible involvement of foreign radical Islamic groups or foreign intelligence services, the minister told Abkhaz lawmakers on Monday.

Abkhazia pronounced independence unilaterally after the 1991- 1994 civil war of Georgia. It is now recognized by Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Nauru. Georgia insists that it is still an integral part of the country.

There have been several reported attacks against Muslims and mosques in Abkhazia.

In July this year, a member of the Spiritual Board of Muslims of Abkhazia was killed in his home. Back in 2007, an imam at a Gudauta mosque was shot dead.

Source: Xinhua


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