Fire in Georgia may not be linked to conflict

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- European Union monitors are casting doubt on a claim by an official in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

The official had said militia members from South Ossetia had raided a village in a buffer zone controlled by Russia, and set buildings on fire.

But the EU monitors say they've reached a "preliminary" conclusion that the fire wasn't conflict-related.

A number of Georgian villages have been burned or raided since Russian troops invaded South Ossetia and took control of Georgian territory nearby.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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