Claim: Istanbul airport bombing mastermind killed in Tbilisi
A Georgian opposition figure has claimed on his Facebook account that the man believed to have masterminded last year’s Istanbul Atatürk airport bombing had been shot dead by Georgian security forces.
David Makishvili, a confidant and ex-bodyguard of former Georgian president Mikhail Sakashvili, said that an operation in Gabriel Salos Street in Tbilisi had “liquidated” one-armed ISIS militant Ahmed Chatayev alongside those assigned to protect him.
In the aftermath of the airport attack, in which three ISIS members from countries in the former USSR killed 44 people with guns and suicide bombs, the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security identified Chatayev as having directed the attack.
"He's ... probably the No. 1 enemy in the Northern Caucasus region of Russia. He's traveled to Syria on many occasions and became one of the top lieutenants for the minister of war for ISIS operations," he told CNN.