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Georgian Islamist Militant Killed In Syria

A Georgian Islamist militant has been killed in Syria, Georgian media report, quoting the State Security Service.

Officials gave no details on Khvicha Gobadze's death, while his father, Ilia Gobadze, said he learned of his son's death through the Internet, adding that he spoke to him by phone only two weeks ago.

According to reports, Gobadze had appeared in a video showing Georgian-speaking militants of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, threatening to behead "infidels" across Georgia.

The video that circulated on the Internet in November, showed four Georgian-speaking men, holding AK-47 rifles and an RPG grenade launcher, who called on Muslims in Georgia to join the "caliphate."

Georgian officials have said that dozens of Georgian nationals have joined Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq.

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