Gunmen who seized police station in Yerevan release last 2 hostages (UPDATE)

Armenia Materials 23 July 2016 15:06 (UTC +04:00)

Details added (first version posted on 14:36)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 23


The armed group, which seized a police station in Armenia’s Yerevan, has released the last two hostages, RIA Novosti reports.

The armed group seized the headquarters of the police and interior troops in Erebuni, Yerevan, July 17, demanding the release of the participant of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, coordinator of the oppositional Armenian civil initiative ‘Founding Parliament’ Zhirayr Sefilyan.

He was arrested for illegally purchasing and storing weapons.

The armed group killed a police officer and wounded two others, Reuters reported.

They released two hostages on July 17 and three more on July 18.

Police clashed on July 20 with hundreds of demonstrators showing support for the gunmen, firing tear gas and detonating smoke grenades after protesters pelted them with stones.

About 140 people were detained and 51 were injured, including 29 policemen.