Eight Abkhaz civilians were killed yesterday in Gali district by the explosion of a remote-control land mine. The incident follows the killing of five Russian soldiers in a similar explosion in the night of July 13-14. (See the Monitor, July 14) Those soldiers were buried yesterday in Abkhazia’s capital Sukhumi. Russian and Abkhaz authorities blame both incidents on the Georgian guerrilla groups White Legion and Forest Brothers. Moscow and Sukhumi accuse the Georgians of switching to a “land mine war” after having been defeated in the recent, full-scale fighting.
Meanwhile a Polish female member of the United Nations military observer mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) was killed during the night of July 14-15 in Tbilisi, apparently by ordinary robbers. (Russian agencies, July 15)
MARSHAL SERGEEV IN ARMENIA.