The Georgian opposition Labor Party has slammed a bomb blast near its head office in Tbilisi early on Sunday that killed one of its party members "a political terror."
The Georgian Imedi TV channel has reported that the bomb went off at about two hours in the morning on Sunday at Dzhavakhishvili Street near the Labor Party's office, smashing windows in nearby buildings and wounding a 50-year-old woman who later died in a hospital.
"This is political terror as the office of one of Georgia's main opposition parties has been blown up. The powerful explosive device was planted directly at the office's wall. Only the military or security services can have such explosives," Soso Shatberashvili, a Labor party leader, said.
The Georgian Interior Ministry has declined to comment so far.
The Georgian opposition has been staging regular protests in the country to demand the resignation of President Mikheil Saakashvili over allegations of corruption and increasing authoritarianism.
Saakashvili's popularity has plummeted since the August 2008 military incursion into breakaway South Ossetia, which led to a conflict with Russia.
The president has also been widely accused of failing to make good on promises to carry out democratic reforms after the 2003 "Rose Revolution" that brought him to power.
TBILISI, November 28 (RIA Novosti)