Tbilisi Accused of Shelling Tskhinvali

South Ossetia claimed Monday that two unexploded Georgian shells landed in its capital, Tskhinvali, but Tbilisi dismissed the claim as nonsense.

Both sides have regularly accused each other of firing across the de facto border since the Moscow-backed region decisively broke from Georgian control in a war last August, but accusations of shell fire are rare.

"At 5:10 a.m., two shells ... fired from the Georgian village of Nikozi broke up near the kindergarten on Dzhioyev Prospekt" in Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian government said in a statement on its web site.

"There were no casualties," the statement said. "The remains of the unexploded shells were found by Defense Ministry sappers."

Georgian Interior Ministry official Shota Utiashvili denied that any attack had occurred. "This is nonsense. No such thing happened," he said.