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    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/07/20/world/main710460.shtml Georgia Grenade Suspect Captured TBILISI, Georgia, July 20, 2005 (CBS/AP) Georgian police
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      Georgia Grenade Suspect Captured

      TBILISI, Georgia, July 20, 2005

      (CBS/AP) Georgian police detained the man suspected of
      throwing a grenade at President Bush during his visit
      to Georgia in May, the Interior Ministry said.

      One police officer died and another was wounded
      Wednesday during a shootout as Georgian security
      forces attempted to capture the suspect.

      The incident occurred Wednesday evening in a village
      outside the capital Tbilisi. The suspect fled into the
      woods, but was later captured, ministry spokesman
      Guram Donadze told The Associated Press.

      Rustavi-2 television showed pictures of a dark-haired
      man it described as the suspect being hustled into a
      car by police officers. It said he was wounded and
      identified him as Vladimir Arutyunov, in his late 20s.

      The man lived in an eight-story apartment building
      with his mother, Rustavi-2 reported, citing neighbors
      as saying Arutyunov was unemployed. The report could
      not immediately be confirmed.

      Authorities in Georgia on Monday released a photograph
      of a man suspected of throwing the grenade, which
      failed to explode, at a podium where Bush was speaking
      to a crowd of thousands of people on May 10.

      Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili announced a reward
      of about $80,000 for information leading to the
      identification of the dark-haired man in dark glasses
      pictured in the photo.

      The live grenade landed less than 100 feet from the
      podium but did not explode. A preliminary
      investigation indicated the activation device deployed
      too slowly to hit the blasting cap hard enough, the
      FBI said.

      The FBI statement contradicted initial reports by
      Georgian officials that the Soviet-era grenade was
      found on the ground, was inactive and posed no danger
      to Mr. Bush.

      The FBI identified it as a live hand grenade, whereas
      initial Georgian statements said it appeared to have
      been an "engineering grenade," a device that is not
      designed to spread shrapnel.

      President Mikhail Saakashvili also was on the podium
      when Mr. Bush spoke, raising the prospect that the
      grenade could have been directed at him. Saakashvili,
      who came to power after the 2003 Rose Revolution that
      ousted Eduard Shevardnadze, has stirred enmity with
      anti-corruption initiatives and insistence on
      restoring control over two de-facto independent
      separatist regions.
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