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Live Updates: All People Released, Gunman Detained After Hostage Situation in Tbilisi

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According to Rustavi 2 TV channel, the streets surrounding the building where hostages have been held are now blocked off.

An armed man took nine people hostage at an office of a microfinancing organisation in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Friday, the country's interior ministry said.  

According to eyewitnesses, there were five attackers, armed with grenades.

Sputnik Georgia has reported that the police have managed to negotiate the release of two hostages. However, more people remain inside the building of the MBC Business Capital company on Tsereteli Avenue.

This comes almost a month after a gunman took more than 40 hostages in an office of the Bank of Georgia, in Zugdidi. The attacker asked for $500,000 ransom and managed to escape. He remains at large. 

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16:13 GMT 20.11.2020
All Hostages Released, Attacker Detained by Police

None of the hostages has been injured, the Georgian Interior Ministry says. An investigation into the incident is underway. 

A video has been released showing the hostages as they leave the building.

15:51 GMT 20.11.2020
Six Hostages Released From Office of Microfinancing Organisation, TV Report Says
14:45 GMT 20.11.2020
This Video Shows Suspected Hostage Taker Making a Statement

On the video, a suspected attacker, who has been identified as Levan Zurabishvili, appears to be drunk. 

He demanded that all lawmakers gathered in parliament adopt a law that would ban all kinds of gambling across the country.

According to some sources, Zurabishvili either did not have his credit approved at MBC or was facing having his property confiscated because he was unable to pay his credit bill. 

He also demanded interest rates and prices for medicines be reduced and pensions increased. 

14:27 GMT 20.11.2020
MBC Microfinancing Company Releases Statement About Hostage Situation

The company says that it has been coordinating its actions with the interior ministry and will do their best to solve the issue peacefully.

"Health and security of our employees is our top priority", the company added. 

14:23 GMT 20.11.2020
One of the Hostages Manages to Send a Video From Office
14:12 GMT 20.11.2020
Georgian Police Ask TV Channels to Stop Live Streaming From Zone of Special Operation
14:08 GMT 20.11.2020
New Video From Outside a Microfinancing Organisation in Tbilisi Where 9 People Kept Hostage
13:56 GMT 20.11.2020
Another Video From the Scene Shared Online as Interior Ministry Says There Were Several Attackers
13:53 GMT 20.11.2020
Georgia's Interior Ministry Says Nine Hostages Remain in Office of Microfinancing Organisation in Tbilisi
13:51 GMT 20.11.2020
Local TV Shares Video From the Scene. 
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