Georgia Suspects ISIS-Linked Ahmed Chatayev Killed in Tbilisi
Georgian State Security Services boss Vakhtang Gomelauri has taken the first step toward validating unsourced media reports that alleged Islamic State commander Ahmed Chatayev, the suspected mastermind of the 2016 Istanbul Atatürk Airport attack, is among three unidentified men killed in a counter-terrorism operation in Tbilisi last week.
In response to a reporter’s question at a November 26 funeral for a Georgian special-forces operative slain in the operation, Gomelauri conceded that “there is a suspicion” that one of those slain is, in fact, Chatayev. He emphasized, though, that forensics work, including a DNA analysis, is ongoing. When that is finished, “we will have an exact answer whether this was Chatayev or not,” he said.
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