7 people detained in Georgia in gas pipeline plot

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) " Georgia's intelligence agency says it has detained seven people suspected of plotting an attack on a gas pipeline that carries Russian gas to Armenia.

The State Security Service said in a statement on Monday that it detained five people on Saturday who were planning to bomb a section of the pipeline south of the capital, Tbilisi. A sixth person was detained for failure to report the crime. The seventh person in custody is a police officer who is suspected of abusing his powers.

Georgia buys some of the Russian gas it transits on to Armenia.

Over the weekend, intelligence officers said they found a cache of explosives and automatic weapons in a forest south of Tbilisi.

Footage released by Georgian authorities showed the detainees escorted into the security service's headquarters.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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