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Gunman kills 4 in Georgian city outside of Tbilisi

by Nate Ostiller February 9, 2024 12:55 PM 1 min read
The Georgian national flag flying on March 24, 2023, in Tbilisi, Georgia. Photo for illustrative purposes. (Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)
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A gunman shot and killed four people and injured another at a market in the Georgian city of Rustavi on Feb. 9. His motives are still unknown, but the alleged shooter's uncle was one of those killed, and his cousin was also injured.

RFE/RL's Georgian service said that the suspected gunman had been arrested at a market where the shooting took place.

Rustavi, a city of about 130,000, is located some 30 kilometers southeast of the capital Tbilisi.

Mass shootings are rare in Georgia.

The last high-profile mass shooting in Georgia occurred in January 2023, when an ex-soldier shot and killed five people, including a police officer who showed up at the scene, before killing himself.

Georgians likely rank first among foreign fighters killed fighting for Ukraine
Estimates vary, but Georgian media approximates that between 50-60 Georgian soldiers have been killed fighting for Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale invasion in 2022, making it likely the highest death toll of any foreign nationality fighting on the Ukrainian side.
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