No one was injured.
Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili was visiting the upper part of the Kodori Gorge, an area which Tbilisi now refers to as "Upper Abkhazia."
Ministry spokesman Shota Khizanishvili called the incident "yet another provocation" by the separatists.
(Rustavi 2, civil.ge, AP)
WILL THE KREMLIN BACK INDEPENDENCE? As the drive for independence grows in the Serbian province of Kosovo, the international community is speculating on how Russia, a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council, will act. On September 22, Nicholas Whyte, director of the International Crisis Group's Europe Program, gave a briefing on the subject at RFE/RL's Washington, D.C., office. He speculated on what the Kremlin's "price" might be for agreeing to Kosovo's separation from Serbia.
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