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Abkhazian leader wounded in mortar attack

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Abkhazian leader wounded in mortar attack


The vice president of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia has been the target of an assassination attempt.

Officials say Alexander Ankvab was wounded in a mortar attack on his home in Gudauta overnight.

Moscow recognised Abkhazia as independent in 2008 after a five-day war between Russia and Georgia.

It is reported that Ankvab had already been the target of at least four previous assassination attempts.

In 2007 he was slightly hurt after his car came under fire.

Observers say Abkhazia is heavily dependent on Russia for its security, but residents complain of continued lawlessness.

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