One Russian, two Georgians killed in shoot-out in Abkhazia

11:02, April 09, 2011      

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One Russian border guard and two Georgians were killed in a shoot-out in the Georgian breakaway region Abkhazia on Friday, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Citing an unnamed spokesman from the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the news agency said the FSB border squad "came under fire while doing terrain reconnaissance in Abkhazia's Galsky region."

The chief of the squad and two of the attackers died in the shoot-out, the spokesman said.

"According to the Abkhazian State Security Service, the two killed assailants, Vasha Sechinava and Malkhaz Kharchilava, were members of the Georgian Interior Ministry's ... subversive group which was conducting reconnaissance and allegedly preparing acts of sabotage in Abkhazia," the spokesman was quoted as saying.

However, the reports didn't mention the cause of the shoot-out.

Russia and Georgia have been at odds since 2008 when they fought a brief war that resulted in Moscow's recognition of two Georgian breakaway regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as independent states.

After the conflict with Georgia, Russia has deployed thousands of troops and border guards there. In response, Tbilisi cut diplomatic relations with Moscow.

Source: Xinhua
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