A 19 year old Georgian soldier has been killed in an what appears to be an accident at a base in Zugdidi, a town on the Black Sea coast near the border with Abkhazia.

The accident took place at a base for the paramilitary forces of Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs.

At the Interior Ministry’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Regional Department a spokesman told DFWatch Giorgi Getiashvili’s death was an accident but they do not know the details.

The Kakheti based news agency Ick.ge reported that a bullet accidentally hit the soldier’s eye and killed him on the spot, citing sources at the unit where the man was serving.

A criminal investigation has been launched.

The soldier had been serving his compulsory military service since August 2011.