An armed robber took several people hostage at a bank in Georgia on Wednesday, an Associated Press report said.
According to the report, the Georgian government is yet to confirm the number of people being held hostage by the robber in the town of Zugdidi in western Georgia, or what demands the assailant has made.
For now, the police have sealed off the area and launched an operation “to neutralize the assailant”, the government was quoted as saying in the AP report.
Georgia's national Mtavari TV channel reported that the hostage-taker was armed with a hand grenade and was demanding $500,000 in cash.
Mtavari TV spoke to one of the hostages, who said that the perpetrator was holding 19 people inside the bank, and showed footage of a room with people sitting on the floor and a man dressed in a military uniform covering his face and holding a rifle.