World

Georgia says 11 militants, 3 troops killed near Russian border

Georgian servicemen ride along a road at the village of Lapankuri, some 175 km (108 miles) east of Tbilisi August 29, 2012. — Reuters picGeorgian servicemen ride along a road at the village of Lapankuri, some 175 km (108 miles) east of Tbilisi August 29, 2012. — Reuters picTBILISI, Aug 29 — Georgian Interior Ministry forces have killed 11 suspected militants in exchanges of gunfire in which three Georgian troops were also killed near the border with Russia, the Georgian Interior Ministry said today.

Five other Interior Ministry officers have been wounded during an operation against unidentified gunmen who seized several hostages near the border with Russia’s Dagestan region, ministry spokeswoman Salome Makharadze said.

The fighting could increase tension between Russia and pro-Western Georgia, which remain deeply at odds after a five-day war in August 2008 over two Moscow-backed separatist regions. — Reuters

Comments

Please refrain from nicknames or comments of a racist, sexist, personal, vulgar or derogatory nature, or you may risk being blocked from commenting in our website . We encourage commenters to use their real names as their username. As comments are moderated, they may not appear immediately or even on the same day you posted them. We also reserve the right to delete off-topic comments