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Gunman holds 12 people hostage at bank in Georgia

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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

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.