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Georgian minister calls for joint investigation into missile incident

TBILISI, February 3 (RIA Novosti, Marina Kvaratskhelia) - The Georgian Interior Minster said Friday that Russian special services would cooperate in the investigation of the incident involving an anti-aircraft missile.

"I am sure that Russian special services will cooperate with us," Vano Merabishvili said.

It was reported earlier that a Strela-1 guided missile launcher, set up in a tree, was found Friday night in eastern Georgia near the conflict zone between Georgia and the self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia. The Georgian Interior Ministry later said that it had been an Igla antimissile system aimed at the Georgian president's regular flight route.

The ministry said its operatives had received information about a heat-seeking missile located near a railway station in the town of Kareli in eastern Georgia February 2.

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