An armed man broke into one of the branches of the Bank of Georgia, the country's largest bank, located in the town of Kvareli in Kakheti region, in the afternoon of September 9. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
Police are currently working at the scene, surrounding the area adjacent to the bank.
“Upon receiving the report of the attack, police officers immediately surrounded the area. Currently, the mobilized law enforcement officers are taking all necessary measures, as well as investigative and operational measures,” the statement reads.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs urges everyone, including the media, to follow safety standards and follow the instructions of the police on the spot.
According to Georgia Online, the bank has several employees and customers inside. It is rumored that the man who broke into the bank carried a hand grenade.
At this moment, according to media reports, the man released some of the hostages.
“I went into the bank to clean up, and this man jumped out, he had a hand grenade. He shouted, “Get out now,” and I ran out. The hostages remained inside. As far as I know, staff and some people stayed there. The bank has about 20 employees. When he shouted for them to come out, at first, I thought he was joking... I got scared and ran out,” said a bank branch cleaner.
According to the governor of Kakheti Irakli Shioshvili, now all the hostages have left the bank.
“He no longer has the hostages. At different times, he calls for different amounts. So now negotiations are underway between him and law enforcement. Let's see what the result will be, wait for the result. Now he is alone in the bank. He does not say anything, negotiations are underway,” said Shioshvili.
As it was reported earlier, a man threatenes to detonate a grenade in the building of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, in Kyiv on August 4.