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Georgia foils terror attack attempt


09:27, June 14, 2013

TBILISI, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The Georgian interior ministry has foiled a terror attack attempt, the ministry said Thursday.

The ministry has so far detained two foreign nationals, identified as Michael Kadiev and Rizvan Omarov, according to a ministry press briefing.

The detention was conducted Thursday morning through a joint operation among the interior ministry, the prosecutor's office and the anti-terrorist center.

During the operation, explosive materials, electric detonators, firearms and falsified ID documents were seized.

Michael Kadiev has been wanted by the Interpol.

The interior ministry declined to identify the nationalities of the detainees but said: "At this stage of investigation it has been established that (Michael) Kadiev has been hiding on the territory of Georgia from Interpol since 2011; he used to leave the country occasionally."

The south Caucasian country is also taking "intensive" investigative and search measures to identify and detain those who had provided assistance to the two detainees.

When asked by local media whether the detention of the two was connected with the uploading of a threat video about the time when news broke out on the deaths of seven Georgian troops in Afghanistan, an interior ministry spokesperson said: "Nothing of this kind has yet been established."

Around June 7, a YouTube video clip was released online threatening the lives of Georgian troops in Afghanistan and their families in Georgia.

The Georgian interior ministry has already established that the video had been uploaded from Georgia.

On June 7, a second deadly attack within a month against the Georgian troops in Afghanistan occurred, causing the deaths of seven Georgian troops in the Afghan province of Helmand on International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.

So far, 29 Georgian troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the south Caucasian country joined the ISAF mission in late 2009.

Now with 1,561 servicemen and women in Afghanistan, Georgia is the largest non-NATO troop-contributing country and seventh largest troop-contributing country after the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, Poland and Romania in the ISAF mission.

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