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5 DIE AS CAR BOMB EXPLODES IN TBILISI

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A powerful car bomb exploded in the Georgian capital Tbilisi Saturday, killing five people and wounding six others in an apparent failed assassination attempt against a senior Georgian official.

The Ukrainian-made Zaporozhets car packed with explosives was parked 330 feet from the home of Dzhaba Ioseliani, the deputy head of the ruling Georgian State Council, in the center of Tbilisi.The bomb containing an estimated 130 pounds of explosives detonated at noon, just seconds after Ioseliani passed by in his car on his way to a meeting of the State Council.

The blast was so powerful that a nearby two-story building was almost demolished.