Gunman takes 19 people hostage at bank in Georgia

Gunman takes 19 people hostage at bank in Georgia

A masked gunman wearing a military uniform has released all but three of 19 hostages taken in a raid on a branch of the commercial Bank of Georgia.

The gunman, who was masked and wore a military uniform, demanded $500,000, a local TV channel reported.

Negotiations between the gunman and police ensued and continued into the late evening after most hostages were freed, including a pregnant woman.

The gunman had come out of the bank building still holding three hostages, one of whom was acting as a negotiator.

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