An unknown person fired at the car of Abkhazian President Alexander Ankvab on Wednesday morning, the Head of the republic was not injured, said a source in the enforcement agency of the republic, RIA Novosti reported.

"The car of the President was shot at near the town of Gudauta. Ankvab was going to Sukhumi to work. He was not injured but his bodyguard was seriously injured," the source said.

Ankvab, who was Abkhazia's interior minister from 1992 to 1993, garnered nearly 55 percent of the vote in the election on August 26, 2011, in the tiny mountainous region on the Black Sea coast which declared independence from Georgia in 1999. Tbilisi continues to regard it as a breakaway region.

This is the fifth assassination attempt on Ankvab in the past five years. Two unsuccessful attacks were carried out in 2005. In 2007 he received a slight concussion and a shrapnel injury to the back when his car came under attack from a grenade launcher. In 2009, Alexander Ankvab was injured when his house came under grenade launcher attack. Ankvab received shrapnel wounds to his arm and leg.