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Counter Terrorism Operation in Georgia Turns into Deadly Firefight

A building in Tbilisi where authorities carried out an operation against what they called an international terrorist group. (screenshot of coverage from Rustavi 2.)

A counter terrorism operation launched by Georgia’s State Security Service (SSG) turned into a deadly firefight on the capital’s outskirts.

In the early hours of November 22, a counter-terrorism unit of the SSG launched an offensive against what authorities called terrorist suspects in an apartment building in the Isani district, on Tbilisi's eastern edge. After negotiations broke down, the suspects began a fierce gunfight, according to the authorities, throwing grenades out the windows and injuring an SSG operative. The 41-year-old operative was later pronounced dead at 17:09 local time.

The security services said that according to their preliminary information, the suspects are not citizens of Georgia and are “members of a terrorist organization.” Speculation, naturally, turned immediately to the possibility of transnational groups like the Islamic State (IS). Authorities said they were working to identify the suspects, conducting investigations within Georgia and abroad.

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Counter Terrorism Operation in Georgia Turns into Deadly Firefight

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