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Armed men seized police building in Yerevan UPDATE

17 July 2016 12:56 (UTC+04:00)
Armed men seized police building in Yerevan UPDATE

Armenia’s National Security Service has informed about an attack on the police headquarters in Yerevan, RIA Novosti reported.

The attackers have taken hostages, said the statement from Armenia’s National Security Service.

People are being evacuated from the buildings nearby the seized police headquarters where the attackers are keeping hostages, RIA Novosti reported.

All entrances to the captured police headquarters have been cordoned off.

At the same time, there were attempts to spread misinformation through social networks about the start of a rebellion and capture of buildings in the country, said the security service.

“Armenia’s Security Service officially announces that this information is false. Armenia’s public administration bodies operate in a normal mode and the law enforcement bodies carry out their functions for ensuring security,” said the statement.

An armed group captured a police regiment in Yerevan on July 17 in the morning and demanded the resignation of Armenian authorities, press service of the country’s police said, TASS reported.

The representatives of Armenian authorities have started talks with the armed group which has seized the headquarters of the police and interior troops in Erebuni, Yerevan, Interfax news agency reported citing Armenian National Security Service.

“We assure that this and any other illegal activities will be immediately suppressed by the law enforcement bodies and those who have carried out these activities will be neutralized and brought to justice,” said the security service.

One police was killed and 2 injured as a resualt of capture of a group of armed men of the building of police and internal troops in Yerevan, Interfax reported.

Earlier, Interfax reported that a group of armed men seized the building of police and internal troops in Yerevan, demanding the release of arrested of the coordinator of the opposition Armenian civil initiative ‘Founding Parliament’ Zhirayr Sefilyan, .

Sefilyan was arrested June 20 for possession of weapons.

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