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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Explosions Rattle Armenia

YEREVAN, Armenia -- Blasts ripped through two local headquarters of a pro-government party in Armenia on Thursday, raising tension in the country ahead of parliamentary elections next month.

The two offices were seriously damaged, but no one was injured in the explosions, said Baghdasar Mheryan, spokesman for the Prosperous Armenia party. The blasts occurred two hours apart.

Armenian President Robert Kocharyan said people wanted to destabilize the country with the blasts.

"We consider this crime an attempt to destabilize the situation ahead of parliamentary elections and to create an intolerant atmosphere in the country," a spokesman for the president said.

Experts say the Prosperous Armenia party, led by well-known businessman Gagik Tsarukyan, has high chances of winning seats in the parliament.

Earlier this month, gunmen killed four people in an attack aimed at the mayor of Armenia's second-largest city, who survived. He was from the Republican party.

Thursday's explosions occurred at the party headquarters in the Avan and Kanaker-Zeitun regions, a police official said.