Abkhazia vice president wounded in mortar attack

The vice president of the rebel region of Abkhazia was wounded in a mortar attack on his house overnight, officials said on Thursday.

Abkhazia vice president wounded in mortar attack

The vice president of the rebel region of Abkhazia was wounded in a mortar attack on his house overnight, officials said on Thursday.

Vice President Alexander Ankvab suffered shrapnel wounds when his home in Gudauta was attacked early on Thursday morning, Abkhazia's Prosecutor General Safar Mikanba said in comments broadcast on Russia's Rossiya-24 news channel.

"His life is not in danger," Mikanba said.

Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh said the attack was a bid to destabilize the region, although it was unclear who was to blame, Interfax news agency reported.

Abkhazia was recognized as an independent country by Moscow in 2008 after a five-day war between Russia and Georgia over the rebel Georgian region of South Ossetia.

It is heavily dependent on Russia for its security but residents complain of continued lawlessness.


Agencies

Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2010, 10:25
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