Powerful Explosion Kills 4 in Abkhazia

SUKHUMI, Georgia — A powerful explosion killed four people and wounded five in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, a top security official said Monday, accusing Georgia of being behind the attack. It was the fifth bombing in a week in or near Abkhazia.

The security official, Yury Ashuba, said the latest bomb went off late Sunday in the town of Gali near the office of the Abkhaz security service, killing a regional security chief and a female resident. A local serviceman and a translator with the UN mission were brought to a hospital with severe wounds and died.

Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili dismissed the claims that Georgia was behind the attack as "absurd and groundless."

An aide to President Dmitry Medvedev, Sergei Prikhodko, said U.S. President George W. Bush asked Medvedev about Russia's relations with Georgia during a meeting Monday on the sidelines of a Group of Eight summit in Japan. Medvedev told Bush that Russia would like "to normalize our relations with Georgia, but so far we do not see sufficient will" on the part of the Georgian leadership, Prikhodko said.