Incident Summary:

11/20/2020: An assailant holding a fake grenade took nine people hostage at a MBC microfinance office along Tsereteli avenue in Didube neighborhood, Tbilisi, Georgia. There were no reported casualties and all hostages were released after several hours. Levan Zurabashvili, an unaffiliated individual, claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded a ban on gambling in Georgia; a seven percent limit on interest rates for bank loans; a decrease on the price of medication; and a cap on pharmaceutical profits.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred along Tsereteli avenue in Didube neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Micro Business Capital (MBC)
Specific Description Office Workers
Nationality of Target Georgia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 9
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
A fake hand grenade was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Georgians show sympathy for microfinance hostage-taker," OC Media, November 25, 2020.
"Armed Man Takes 9 Hostages in Microfinance Company in Tbilisi," Civil Georgia, November 20, 2020.
"All nine hostages freed in central Tbilisi, attacker arrested,", November 20, 2020.