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US Lauds Georgia for Arrest of Man Who Threw Grenade at Bush

The United States has welcomed the arrest in Georgia of a man who has confessed to hurling a grenade towards President Bush during his May visit to the country.

In a statement Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi said Washington appreciates the bravery and dedication of Georgian authorities in taking the man into custody. It also expressed sympathy over the death of an interior ministry officer during the arrest.

Georgian security forces arrested the suspect in a village just outside Tbilisi on Wednesday.

Georgian officials say he confessed to throwing a grenade at President Bush who was addressing tens of thousands gathered in Tbilisi's in Freedom Square.

The grenade landed in front of the stage but failed to explode. No injuries were reported in the May 10 incident.