Gunman releases all hostages in Georgian capital Tbilisi - police

Law enforcement officers gather in a street near an office of a microfinance organisation after an unidentified gunman took hostages, in Tbilisi
Law enforcement officers gather in a street near an office of a microfinance organisation after an unidentified gunman took hostages, in Tbilisi

TBILISI (Reuters) - A gunman has released unharmed all nine hostages he had taken at a microfinance organisation in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Friday, police said.

According to preliminary information, the gunman was not demanding a ransom but had some social demands, including lower prices for medicines.

Last month, a masked gunman took 43 hostages during a bank robbery in the town of Zugdidi in western Georgia. He disappeared after receiving a ransom of $500,000 and releasing all hostages.

(Reporting by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Hugh Lawson)