Counter-terrorist operation in Tbilisi entered the active phase

23 Novembre, 2017, 00:23 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Georgia's state security service said that unspecified suspects opened fire on its counter-terrorist units

A police officer and three suspected terrorists were killed Wednesday during an operation against armed men holed up in a building in the suburb of Tbilisi, announced by the Georgian authorities.

One was killed and four injured among the Security forces during the operation, added the official. "Moreover, two officers of the Special Tasks Group of the Interior Ministry have also been wounded", Giorgobiani said stressing that the special operation carried out in Isani district has officially ended. Local TV channels are full of reports about the shooting and explosions that occur in the area of operations.

Explosions and gunfire were heard in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, as counterterrorism units stormed a multi-storey apartment bulding on the outskirts of the city, witnesses reported.

Giorgobiani said the suspects targeted by the operation were "foreign nationals" who are suspected of having ties with a "terrorist organization".

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Forces of state security of Georgia have informed that they are surrounded, the terrorists began to shoot at the SWAT team. Security forces were reportedly met with gunfire and hand grenades.

"Investigation is under way both in Georgia and overseas to establish the suspects' criminal links", she said. There's heavy smoke and fire coming out of the apartment the suspects were located in.

Firefighters were unable to reach the blaze while the security operation was continuing. Additional special forces were dispatched in the morning.

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