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Radical Opposition Group Seizes Police Building In Armenia

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

One police officer was killed and two others wounded early on Sunday when members of an Armenian radical opposition group seized a police station in Yerevan, demanding the release of its leader arrested last month for allegedly plotting an armed revolt.

Varuzhan Avetisian, one of the members of the Founding Parliament movement that stormed the police building in Yerevan’s southern Erebuni district, said the “rebellion” is also aimed at forcing President Serzh Sarkisian to step down.

Avetisian told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) that several law-enforcement officers and Founding Parliament members were wounded when police tried unsuccessfully to retake control of the building.

Residents of nearby apartment buildings said they heard several explosions in the early hours of the morning. “There were also many gunshots afterwards,” one of them said.

The Armenian police and other services cordoned off the area later in the morning. The National Security Service (NSS) said the attackers are holding hostage police personnel inside the building.

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

Radical Opposition Group Seizes Police Building In Armenia

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