Emerging reports indicate that a gunman has taken at least nine people hostage at a microfinance organization in the capital Tbilisi on Friday evening, November 20. Reports indicate that the organization is located on Akaki Tsereteli Avenue in the capital. A police operation is underway. There were no immediate reports of any casualties, and it is not immediately clear whether the assailant is working alone. Further information is awaited.
Those in the immediate vicinity should take care and follow the advice of local security authorities. A heightened security presence is to be anticipated in Tbilisi in the immediate term.
Those in Tbilisi are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, prepare for related disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.