Polling Station Explosion Kills 2, Injures 11

An explosive device hidden in a television detonated in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia on Thursday, killing two police officers at a polling station set up for South Ossetians to vote in Russia's presidential election Sunday.

The blast occurred at 3:30 p.m. in the main government building of Kokhat, a village 15 kilometers east of the region's capital, Tskhinvali, said Maya Kharibova, a spokeswoman for South Ossetia's unrecognized government.

The television was delivered to the building earlier that day, and terrorism is suspected in the blast, Kharibova said.

"Our preliminary information is that these were people of Georgian nationality," Kharibova said, referring to the people who delivered the television.

RIA-Novosti identified the two policemen killed in the blast as Azamat Alborov and Sevastyan Maldzigov. The officers were guarding the polling station.

At least 11 other people were injured in the blast, said Irina Gagloyeva, another spokeswoman for South Ossetia's government.

Many South Ossetian residents hold Russian passports and are eligible to vote in Sunday's election.

The explosion is being investigated by South Ossetian authorities, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe peacekeepers and representatives of Russia and Georgia, Kharibova said.

MT, Reuters