: Yerevan Standoff: Two hostages released, two attackers surrender

16:08 Jul. 31, 2016

Yerevan Standoff: Two hostages released, two attackers surrender

Police officers detain a supporter of the armed group who have been holding a police station in Yerevan, Armenia, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo)

Police station seized on July 17 still under gunmen's control

The armed group holding a police station in Armenia's capital of Yerevan has released two medical staff, TASS reports. The doctor and nurse managed to escape from the police station as they were taking out a wounded person.

The Armenian police has also reported two attackers have surrendered, two more have been hospitalised after being injured in a shootout.

Around 20 people may still be present in the police station building.

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The police station was seized on July 17 by the gunmen demanding the resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan and the release of Zhirayr Sefilian, the leader of the radical opposition movement Founding Parliament. One policeman was killed in the July 17 assault.

Sefilian was arrested on June 20 and charged with illegal acquisition and possession of weapons.

The attackers initially took nine people hostage, they were released later after the negotiations with police. Two of the gunmen also decided to surrender.

However, on July 27 the armed men took an ambulance crew hostage after they came to treat the wounded in a gunfire exchange with officers.

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