A man has blown himself up at the entrance to Abkhazia television headquarters in the Abkhaz capital Sukhumi.
“It was obviously clear that he had a bomb,” Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted Abkhaz interior minister Aslan Kobakhiya.
Interfax news cited the separatist region’s emergency services ministry as saying the “corpse of a bearded man” was found at the scene.
Abkhazia has claimed independence from Georgia since an armed conflict in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Russia recognised the region as independent from Georgia following a brief conflict in 2008 over another breakaway region of South Ossetia and has thousands of troops stationed there.
Georgia insists that the two regions are under de facto Russian occupation.