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TBILISI – A car bomb exploded in the center of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, Tuesday night, targeting the car of Givi Targamadze, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s critic.
At the moment of the explosion Member of Parliament sitting in the front passenger seat suffered minor injuries.
“We went by car from my office to the Kolmeurneoba Square. At first, I couldn’t understand what was happening. I thought that someone was shooting at us. We were left semi-conscious for a moment. After we regained consciousness, we left the car. Me and my driver do not have a lot of injuries,” Mr. Targamadze stated in an interview with Georgian television Rustavi 2.
It appears the bomb triggered by remote control was installed in the rear of Mr. Targamadze’s car that was completely destroyed. The explosion damaged also few other cars including a minibus and bus.
Five people were taken in serious condition to hospital.
On Wednesday colleagues from Mr Targamadze’s political party revealed that the security cameras recorded a car that followed Mr. Targamadze after he left his office. At the moment of explosion this car overtook Mr. Targamadze’s vehicle.
The attack on Mr. Targamadze revives memories of recent car bomb attack on Kremlin’s critic, renowned journalist Pavlo Sheremeta in center of Kiev. Mr. Sheremeta was killed on July 20, 2016.
Givi Targamadze is one of the leaders of the political party founded by former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. In 2013 Putin’s regime arrested Mr. Targamadze in absentia blaming him for organization of the biggest street protests of Russian people in Moscow on May 6, 2012 against the falsification of elections.
National elections to the Parliament will take place in Georgia on October 8.
(Rustavi 2, pst)