The Radio Way, a community radio station based in Georgia’s north-eastern Pankisi gorge, reported on March 12 that a Georgian citizen Amiran Borchashvili was killed in Syria.
25-year-old Borchashvili, native of village Dumasturi in Pankisi gorge, had reportedly left for Syria in 2015, the radio station said.
The State Security Service, Georgia’s domestic intelligence service, confirmed the information to Civil.ge.
The Radio Way also reported that at least 34 natives of Pankisi gorge have died fighting in Syria since 2012.
According to the State Security Service, as of 2018, the estimated number of Georgians fighting for various terrorist groups in Syria stood at 15 persons, a significant decline compared to the 2015 figure of 50 fighters.
Overall, around 45 Georgian citizens have died since the outbreak of hostilities in Syria, according to the State Security Service.