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    TBILISI, April 7, 2004. - RIA Novosti. The command of the Group of Russian Troops in the Transcaucasus (GRVZ) is refraining from comments on yesterday's explosion near the GRVZ headquarters and Georgia's Ministry of Defence, Chief of Staff of the Group of Russian Troops in the Transcaucasus Andrei Popov stated.

    "We must wait for the results of the investigation and will then voice our assessment," Popov stated. "For now, we cannot make any forecast, we are working on the fact of the explosion," he noted.

    The terrorist act occurred in the centre of Tbilisi at about 20:30, Moscow time on Tuesday night. An explosive device, planted in a wall of a building, went off at the moment when the GRVZ commander, Major-General Alexander Studenkin, was passing in a car by the building where the GRVZ officers live. That building is situated at a distance of less than 100 metres from the GRVZ headquarters and the Defence Ministry of Georgia.

    Alexander Studenkin was minimally wounded as a result of the terrorist act, and was taken to the GRVZ military hospital.

    "I want to specially note that Georgia's secret services acted very promptly. They arrived at the scene within a very short time and began a joint investigation into the causes of the explosion," the GRVZ Chief of Staff stated.

    He expressed hope that the investigation of the crime will soon be completed and the crime will be cleared.

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