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Georgia separatists say officer killed


A Russian peacekeeper, center, speaks with French members of the the EU Monitoring Mission in Nakreti, some 10km from the Gori checkpoint, yesterday.


An officer with the separatist border guards of Georgia’s Abkhazia region has died in a shoot-out on the de facto Georgian border, the separatist administration’s news agency said yesterday.

The border guard “died from injuries received in the course of a shoot-out in the village of Nabakevi,” said the separatists’ news agency, Apsnypress, but without giving the time of the shooting.

The incident came amid tensions over a pull-back of Russian troops from buffer zones set up by Moscow around Georgia’s two rebel regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Russian forces yesterday began dismantling a key checkpoint in the buffer zone around South Ossetia.

The checkpoint near the village of Karaleti is on a main road leading to the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali. It controls access to a cluster of Georgian villages south of the breakaway region.

Russian soldiers were also seen taking down tents and removing material from a checkpoint at Kvenatkotsa, which Georgian and EU officials had earlier said was expected to be dismantled yesterday.

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