RF peacekeepers step up surveillance in Georgian-Abkhazian area (GEORGIA)
SUKHUMI, March 1 (Itar-Tass) - Russian peacekeepers stepped up monitoring in the area of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, aide to commander of CIS Collective Peacekeeping Force, Alexander Diordiyev, told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
RUSSIA, 1 March 2008 (ITAR-TASS World Service)--
In his words, commander Sergei Chaban placed into operation additional checkpoints of peacekeepers in order to step up surveillance in the conflict area. At dawn mine engineers started reconnaissance on the ground in the north of the Gali district of Abkhazia in order to dispose of explosive substances, Diordiyev said.
He confirmed that a landmine explosion in the Gali district of Abkhazia had wounded three officers of Abkhazian law enforcement agencies. The Abkhazian Interior Ministry reported that an UAZ vehicle carrying officers of the Gali district police department unit hit a landmine on a patrolling mission. "Following the explosion, automatic fire was opened during an ambush of the vehicle. The Abkhazian police returned fire, after which a Georgian armed unit of six fled into Georgian territory," it said. The wounded policemen were taken to a district hospital and given medical aid, and their lives are not in danger, it said. The Gali district prosecutor's office has opened a criminal case. An investigation is under way, it said.
Diordiyev said, "After we got information on the incident, peacekeepers left for the site of the incident in order to ease tension in the district."
Von: (c) 2008 ITAR-TASS