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Power line explosions hit Georgia

A series of explosions at a remote power station cut off electricity to most of Georgia yesterday, another sign of the unrest and decay blighting the former Soviet republic. Unknown assailants attacked the power transmission line which ferries power from Russia to Georgia, using an anti-tank mine and TNT, an energy ministry spokeswoman said. The explosions damaged the Kavkasioni power line in the lawless Svanetia region, less than 200 miles from the capital, Tbilisi. The energy minister, David Mirtskhulava, travelled to the site yesterday. Nino Asatiani, a spokeswoman for the energy ministry, said: “Sometimes local people shoot the power lines with automatic weapons, which interrupts power supply from Russia to Georgia and can cut off the whole country’s energy supply. Full Story

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