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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgia Faces Its 'Chechnya'

TBILISI -- Inspired by Russia's assault on Chechnya, about 1,000 heavily armed Georgian nationalists headed toward the breakaway region of Abkhazia on Friday and later clashed with Georgian government troops.

At least five nationalists were wounded in a shootout with security and police officers, Georgia's Security Service reported.

The nationalists were led by former Defense Minister Tengiz Kitovani and former Prime Minister Tengiz Sigua. At a rally Friday morning, the two vowed to "liberate" Abkhazia.

Sigua said the force was going to take up position near the border town of Zugdidi and demand the return of refugees from the Abkhazian conflict.