Gunfire, explosions during Georgia ‘terror’ raid

Explosions and gunfire were heard in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Wednesday as armed counter-terrorist units raided an apartment block on the outskirts of the city, an AFP  reported.

Several suspected members of a terrorist group “refused to surrender and opened fire from automatic rifles and threw hand grenades on counter-terrorist units,” Georgia’s security service said in a statement.

One soldier was hospitalized with gunshot wounds, the service’s spokeswoman Nino Giorgobiani said in a televised statement.

“One suspect has been arrested and a special operation is under way to detain several others who, according to a preliminary information, are not Georgian nationals and are members of a terrorist group,” Giorgobiani said.

“Investigation is under way both in Georgia and abroad to establish the suspects’ criminal links,” she added.

Rustavi-2 television station reported that the wounded soldier had died during surgery.

Georgia has no recent history of major terror attacks.

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