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Gunman holds 12 people hostage at bank in Georgia

Armed police outside branch of Bank of Georgia in Kutaisi
Armed police outside branch of Bank of Georgia in Kutaisi Copyright Mtavari Channel via AP
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He had demanded around €2 million, a helicopter to leave the country and a Russian flag, Georgian media report.

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Police in Georgia said 12 people who were held hostage in a bank by a gunman for hours on Tuesday have been freed.

The man -- who has not been identified -- had demanded around €2 million, a helicopter to leave the country and a Russian flag.

His demand was made via a video post on one of the hostages' Facebook pages.

It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured in a standoff at a branch of the Bank of Georgia in Kutaisi, 180 kilometres northeast of the capital, Tbilisi.

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Ketevan Kovziashvili confirmed on Tuesday evening that the hostage-taker has been arrested.

Georgian police have opened a probe on multiple charges, including terrorism.

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