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(CNN) -- A bomb went off Wednesday night outside the studios of the state television network in the Georgian capital Tblisi, the latest in a series of violent incidents following the ouster last month of the country's president.

No injuries were reported in the explosion, which Interior Minister Georgy Baramidze called a terrorist act, the independent broadcaster Rustavi 2 reported.

The blast, which occurred on the television studio's grounds, followed an explosion Monday outside the offices of the Georgian Labor Party. And Tuesday, an unidentified attacker fired two shots into the home of an official of former President Eduard Shevardnadze's party, For a New Georgia.

Shevardnadze, a former Soviet foreign minister, was forced to resign Nov. 23 amid widespread demonstrations against parliamentary elections the country's Supreme Court decided were neither free nor fair.

Faced with massive demonstrations, Shevardnadze handed over power to interim President Nino Burdzhanadze, a former parliament speaker. New elections are to be held Jan. 4.

United States, which has about 100 military advisers in Georgia to train its troops in counterterrorism tactics, has offered support for the country's political transition. Georgia borders the breakaway Russian republic of Chechnya, where Russian troops have fought a separatist movement for most of the past decade.

A U.S. delegation was in Tblisi Tuesday, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was scheduled to visit the country Friday.

-- CNN's Ryan Chilcote contributed to this report.


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