Military police found this weapons stash in Tbilisi December 3, 2012. Now an ammunitions depot was found in southern Georgia. (Photo: Georgia's Ministry of Defense.)

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgian police have seized a large amount of ammunition in an abandoned house in a town in the south of the country.

According to Interior Ministry, the ammunition was hidden at an abandoned airport dormitory house in the town Akhalkalaki. The weapons cache included one anti-tank grenade, 2 497 rounds of 7.62 caliber cartridges, 96 rounds of 5.45 caliber cartridges and some other weapons equipment.

The ministry’s representatives only say that an investigation is launched, and do not specify other details nor comment.

A few months ago, Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, who was then an opposition politician, said the government was secretly forming illegal paramilitary units all over the country, but he didn’t know the goal of those units, and the opposition feared that the government intended to steal the election with the help of those forces, using them against the opposition.

Alasania handed over documentation about this to Giga Bokeria, Secretary of the Security Council of Georgia, and to the international community.

Government officials and Bokeria then stated this was nonsense and accused the opposition of engaging in speculation. The international community didn’t comment on this topic. The case still is unresolved.

There have been no comments about whether the ammunition seized in Akhalkalaki is related to those older statements. Earlier in December, the police seized a weapons cache in Tbilisi.