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Armed Men Storm Yerevan Police Station, Take Hostages

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL's Armenian Service

A group of armed men from an opposition group stormed a district police headquarters and exchanged gunfire with police in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, early in the morning on July 17, the National Security Service said in a statement.

The statement said the attackers are holding several hostages in the Erebuni police station, adding that “negotiations are under way to release them peacefully.”

The opposition group Founding Parliament issued a statement demanding the release of the group’s leader, Zhirayr Sefilian, who was arrested last month on charges of seeking to overthrow the government by force.

Varuzhan Avetisian, a spokesman for the group, has also announced that "they are starting a rebellion" and an attempt to “overthrow the government” and “release political prisoners.”

Police have cordoned off the area.

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Meanwhile, opposition lawmaker and outspoken government critic Nikol Pashinyan visited the police station and spoke with the attackers.

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A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL's Armenian Service

Armed Men Storm Yerevan Police Station, Take Hostages

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