July 9, 2008 / 10:36 AM / 11 years ago

Georgian and separatists forces in armed clash

TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia said it had killed four members of the security forces from the breakaway Abkhazia region on Wednesday but separatist officials said none of their men had been killed.

“There was a clash between Georgian and Abkhaz (security forces). Four people died on the Abkhaz side and one Georgian is injured,” Temur Iakobashvili, Georgia’s state minister for reintegration, told reporters.

Garry Kupalba, the separatists’ deputy defence minister, denied the Georgian account and said only two Abkhaz men had been injured. He said they were being treated in hospital.

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