Three killed, 12 wounded in S.Ossetia clashes-agencies

Three people were killed and 12 injured by mines and snipers on Friday in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, a source of rising tension between Tbilisi and Moscow, Russian news agencies reported.

They quoted separatist authorities as saying three guards were killed and seven wounded in three separate sniper attacks on police checkpoints.

"The situation is pretty grave," Itar-Tass news agency quoted separatist spokeswoman Irina Gagloyeva as saying. "All available forces are being mobilised."

Separatist officials could not be immediately contacted independently. Nor was there any independent confirmation of casualties.

The shooting followed an incident earlier on Friday, in which five Georgian policemen were injured in a road mine blast. The separatists rejected Tbilisi's accusation they planted the mine.

[Source: Reuters, Moscow, 01Aug08]

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