During the night of August 8-9, three Abkhaz militiamen crossed the demarcation line and attacked a Georgian police post in Zugdidi district. They were killed in the ensuing firefight. The clash occurred in the security zone patrolled by Russian troops. (Radio Tbilisi, August 9) The incident is unusual in that clashes, as a rule, take place on the Abkhaz side of the security zone. The Abkhaz have been known to occasionally cross into Zugdidi district to intimidate Georgian refugees there.
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