Who “ordered” nighttime explosions in Tbilisi?30.11.2010 | 15:25
On Sunday night two powerful blasts were heard in Tbilisi: one near the office of pro-opposition Labor Party of Georgia in Javakhishvili street and the second one near a shop in Mukhiani micro-district causing death of a woman and injury of 5 people. The Labor party calls the incident "political terror" while experts view the nighttime explosions in the capital of Georgia as a series connected with the special services.
The first bomb went off at around 2 a.m. local time on Sunday night. The blast wave caused breakdown of one wall of the building and major window shattering. Unfortunately, the incident was not casualty-free: Nino Gordeziani, 58, a resident of Tbilisi was hit by a fragment and died in hospital shortly after.
There are practically no reports on the second explosion. As we know, it roared an hour after the first explosion in the city suburbs in front of a supermarket located in an apartment block. Witnesses claim the explosion was as powerful as an earthquake.
Georgian ministry of Interior Affairs has refrained from comments so far presenting only the results of a primary criminal examination. As it is established, in both cases the same explosive substance was used. "More time is needed to find out other details of the explosions", - the Interior Ministry remarks.
In the meantime, politologists and experts have given their opinions on the incidents reminding of four explosions that have taken place in the capital of Georgia over the past four months. In September a bomb exploded at the cemetery in Digomy district located between a former car market and the US embassy. A month later a violent explosion was heard near the railway station. Arsenali analytical magazine editor-in-chief Irakli Aladashvili also reports that two more bombs were planted at the cemetery and the railway station but they did not blow up for unknown reasons.
"Our specialists found two unexploded units containing nearly 1.5-2 kg of cyclonite", - Caucasus Echo quotes. According to Aladashvili, the latest explosions in Tbilisi are interconnected, the bomb compositions are identical in all cases: the explosive substance being cyclonite or TNT and a Soviet-made VZD-3M as a blaster. By the way special services use this fuse mechanism for sabotage.
Nonetheless, it is too early to make final conclusions, the experts think. Politologist Soso Tsiskarishvili says he can hardly imagine a radical force able to organize political terror in Georgia. "This kind of terror is usually taken responsibility for. Here, however, only silence we hear, - he contemplates. - But in our modern history we sometimes have dozens of militaries arrested because of an unexpectedly announced rebellion."
The Labor party is sure that the night explosions have a bright political implication: the office of a pro-opposition party was attacked, and the applied explosive substance could be available to the army or special services only.
To clarify all details of the incident GeorgiaTimes correspondent got in touch with Iosif Shatberashvili, Labor Party Secretary General asking him to comment on the incidents.
Who do you think wanted to blow up the party's office and why?
Lately we have been particularly active in pursuing our struggle against Mikheil Saakashvili and his party National Movement. We have made a series of statements that this is not a party in the standard meaning of the word, but a criminal gang and a terrorist organization. Apparently, this is revenge for our statements. This is not the first explosion near a political party office in Georgia. Still, there hasn't been such a powerful blast before. A woman died, our party's security guard was injured. He was saved by an iron blind that closes the windows of his room. Many people of the district were hurt; some of them were taken to hospital.
What did Interior Ministry officers say at the site of the incident?
Unfortunately, they initiated a criminal case on the article "Intentional explosion of gas, gasoline, kerosene or other substances". Still, this is a typical terrorist attack - TNT or a similar substance was used. Such remote-control bombs are not sold in a supermarket. By the way all national TV channels that come under Saakashvili's command have cut out our comments. They reported on an explosion near a Russian Orthodox church in Javakhishvili street that is 500 m away from our office.
Are there video monitoring devices near the office to clear up the situation?
Yes, there are. There is a record featuring a man planting an explosive device. But initially the security guard took the bomb for rubbish - it was wrapped in a plastic bag. An hour later a silver colored Audi rushed past the office and a few seconds later the explosion was heard. We passed the materials on to the Interior Ministry, and it's up to them to solve the case in an unbiased manner.
Do you think the explosions are interconnected?