• publish: 17 July 2016
  • time: 1:18 pm
  • category: International
  • No: 3995
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Attempted coup in Armenia, Armed men stormed Yerevan Police HQ

A group of armed men from an opposition group stormed a district police headquarters 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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