Abkhaz Local Official Killed in Gali

The head of the local administration of the village of Rep in the Gali district of Abkhazia, Dmitry Katsia, was shot dead late on Thursday evening. Katsia’s car was reportedly attacked by 3 armed men.

Two days earlier before this murder, one Abkhaz customs officer was killed and two others were wounded when their car was attacked close to the village of Saberio in the Gali district.

Abkhaz leader, Sergey Bagapsh, who summoned a national security council session on June 4, said "the Georgian trace in quite obvious" in both of these incidents.

"It should be stated clearly that if the Georgian side does not stop subversive acts, we will have to take adequate measures. The organisers of terrorist acts should understand that local destabilisation may cause the aggravation of already uneasy situation in the region where the refugees have returned," he said referring to Gali district, predominately populated by ethnic Georgians.

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