SSG: False bomb threats in Batumi originated from abroad
SSG: False bomb threats in Batumi originated from abroad

The State Security Service of Georgia (SSG) announced that notifications about possible explosive devices in Batumi received on January 21, were made from outside the country.

“The Counter-Terrorist Units of the State Security Service and the Ministry of Internal Affairs conducted thorough searches in Batumi’s shopping centres and educational institutions, finding no explosive substances or devices.

The phone number of a minor Georgian citizen was deliberately indicated in this false report,” the SSG states.

The investigation is ongoing on the criminal case of false reporting of terrorism.

The SSG has informed partner countries to assist in identifying the initiator of the false messages.

Additionally, the SSG noted that false reports of a terrorist attack on Tbilisi Gallery were received on December 30, 2023, and January 17, 2024.

“These incidents were linked to international online games involving minors from various countries, including Georgia.

The initiators of these messages are a specific group of individuals abroad. Appropriate measures were taken in connection with the fact,” the SSG states.