Official shot dead in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia

Zakan Dzhugeliya, deputy interior minister of the region, was shot twice at close range in a Sukhumi cafe.

Official shot dead in Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia

A senior official in the breakaway Abkhazia region of Georgia was shot and killed by gunmen in the regional capital Sukhumi, Russian news agencies reported on Monday.

Zakan Dzhugeliya, deputy interior minister of the region, was shot twice at close range in a Sukhumi cafe, Interfax reported, citing the region's de facto leader, Sergei Bagapsh.

"As a result of wounds to the head and chest, Z. Dzhugeliya died," Bagapsh was quoted as saying by Interfax.

Itar-Tass quoted the region's chief prosecutor, Dzhemal Gogiya, as saying no arrests had been made, despite a manhunt and the numerous witnesses who saw the murder on the veranda of the Kiki cafe.

Russia recognised Abkhazia's independence in August despite objections from Europe and the United States after Moscow's forces crushed a Georgian attempt to regain control of a second breakaway region, South Ossetia.

More than 200 European Union monitors are observing a ceasefire strained by accusations of shooting from both sides.

Dzhugeliya had served in his post as deputy interior minister since 2005.

Reuters
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