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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgian Troop Alert

TBILISI, Georgia () -- Georgia put its troops on alert after accusing the separatist Abkhazia province of trying to drop paratroopers in a border area, officials said Thursday.

"The Abkhazians attempted to drop paratroopers in the Kodorskoye Gorge region. The attempt was thwarted and emergency situation was announced in all Defense Ministry units," said ministry spokesman Koba Liklikadze.

In the incident Wednesday, an unidentified helicopter carrying an armed group of Abkhazian rebels approached a Georgian border post but flew away after guards opened fire, Georgia's border troop commander said.