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Blasts Near Georgian-Abkhaz Border Halt Rail Traffic

ZUGDIDI -- Explosions in the western Georgian city of Zugdidi overnight have halted trains on the Zugdidi-Tbilisi railway, RFE/RL's Georgian Service reports.

Three explosions occurred early on June 11 at the local railway station and near a police department over a three-hour period. One person was reportedly injured.

Zugdidi is 4 kilometers from the Inguri River, which is Georgia's de facto border with the breakaway region of Abkhazia.

Explosives experts and sappers are currently searching for other possible mines and bombs in the area.

Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said the blasts were the work of "forces that do not want stability in the region," Reuters reported. He said they appeared to have been caused by around 8 kilograms of TNT.

Officials initially said no one had been hurt, but the Interior Ministry later announced a railway worker had suffered "serious injuries" and was hospitalized.

Officials say that the explosions must have been intentionally set off by unknown individuals, but that the exact types of devices used are still unknown.