2 Blasts Rattle Abkhazia

SUKHUMI, Georgia —Two explosions near the central market in the capital of the separatist Georgian republic of Abkhazia wounded six people Monday, officials and news reports said.

The leader of Abkhazia's internationally unrecognized government, Sergei Bagapsh, blamed the blasts on Georgia and announced that the region's border with the country would be closed as of Tuesday.

On Sunday, two bombs exploded in the Abkhaz resort town of Gagri, wounding six people, regional officials said.

Abkhaz authorities blamed Georgia's government for those blasts, too.

Abkhaz Interior Minister Otar Khetsiya said Monday's blasts occurred at a parking lot across the street from Sukhumi's main market. He said he did not have further details.

Six people were slightly injured, Interfax cited city prosecutor Alisa Bigavava as saying. She said the explosions came from bombs.

Bagapsh alleged that Georgia was behind the blasts, RIA-Novosti reported

"They could not frighten us with war, they could not frighten us with political pressure, now they want to frighten us with explosions," he was quoted as saying. "From tomorrow, the Abkhazia-Georgia border will be closed."

There was no immediate comment from Georgian authorities.

Tensions in Abkhazia have been heightened in recent months amid speculation that Georgia aims to forcefully retake control of the region, which split off in a separatist war in the 1990s.

Russia recently boosted its peacekeeper contingent in Abkhazia, which Georgia believes is a move by Moscow aimed at annexing the region.

Abkhazia also has become a focus of Russia's efforts to thwart pro-Western Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's drive to bring his country into NATO.

Abkhaz officials routinely accuse Georgia of responsibility for violence in Abkhazia, claiming that the central government is preparing to attempt to take control of the province by force. Georgian officials deny responsibility for such incidents and call them provocations.