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Georgia: Explosion Damages Offices Of Shevardnadze's Son-In-Law

Tbilisi, 10 December 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A bomb blast today shattered windows and damaged the offices of a mobile-telephone company partially owned by a son-in-law of former President Eduard Shevardnadze. The predawn explosion in an Tbilisi neighborhood damaged the offices of the mobile-phone company and a supermarket next door.

A high-ranking Tbilisi police official said the explosive was apparently made with TNT and was placed outside the offices of the phone company, partly owned by Shevardnadze's son-in-law, Giorgy Djokhtaberidze.

A series of explosions and attacks have put Georgia on edge as it prepares for a 4 January election to replace Shevardnadze, who resigned late last month after a wave of protests.