Gunman releases majority of hostages at Georgian bank

Gunman releases majority of hostages at Georgian bank
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  • calendar-gray 22 October 2020

A masked gunman wearing a military uniform has released all but three of 19 hostages taken in a raid on a branch of the commercial Bank of Georgia on Wednesday, private TV channel Mtavari reported, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The gunman stormed into the bank in the provincial town of Zugdidi at 3 p.m. (1100 GMT) and demanded a sum of $500,000.

Negotiations between the gunman and police in the former Soviet republic ensued and continued into the late evening after most hostages were freed, including a pregnant woman.

Mtavari TV reported from the scene that the gunman had come out of the bank building still holding three hostages, one of whom was acting as a negotiator.

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