: Armed group seizes police HQ in Yerevan, one dead

11:03 Jul. 17, 2016

Armed group seizes police HQ in Yerevan, one dead

Armenian police officers run during a rally of opposition supporters in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, April 8, 2011. (AP Photo)

Attackers reportedly demand release of their leader

An armed goup stormed the police headquarters in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, leaving one person killed, according to the Daily Sabah.  

Local sources reported the group seized the building to demand the release of their jailed leader Jirayr Sefilyan, an opposition activist who was arrested for illegal arms trafficking and possession in June.

Local news sources also claimed the local police chief was held hostage. Security forces were dispatched to the site.

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The Armenian National Security service said they are negotiating for a peaceful surrender of the attackers.

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