One killed, 3 injured during incident in Georgia’s Muslim-populated Pankisi gorge

The exact reason of the incident has not been identified so far. Photo: RFE/RL., 27 Nov 2019 - 16:36, Tbilisi,Georgia

One individual has been killed and three others injured during an armed incident in the village of Sakobiani, Georgia’s Muslim-populated Pankisi Gorge earlier today.  

Locals say that the incident took place between the Mutoshvili and Kavtarashvili families.

The deceased is Visuri Mutoshvili, netgazeti reports.  

The injured men are now at Telavi hospital, in eastern Georgia.

Several locals told the media that an incident that took place several months ago led to the confrontation earlier today, while others cite the controversies related to building a hydropower plant in Pankisi as the reason of the conflict.

They say that one family supported the construction of the hydro power plant, while another opposed it.

Launching the construction of Khadori 3 hydro power plant in the village of Birkiani, Pankisi gorge sparked rallies and a confrontation between locals and police back in April 2019.