Armenia Hostage Crisis: Gunmen Still Hold Five Hostages

Gunmen who have seized control of a police station in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, still hold five hostages, including high ranking officials, according to local authorities.

Five hostages are still believed to be being held captive by gunmen, who seized control of a police station in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, on Sunday.

The gunmen killed one police officer, and wounded two others, during the attack, as well as taking a number of people hostage inside the police station.

They released two hostages on Sunday and released two more on Monday, the security service said.

The hostage takers’ main demand is to free Jirair Sefilian, an opposition leader whom the authorities have accused of plotting civil unrest. Sefilian was jailed in June over allegations of illegally possessing weapons.

After taking control of the police station, the gunmen reportedly demanded Armenians take to the streets to secure the release of jailed opposition politicians.

Despite negotiations to end the situation peacefully being underway, the armed hostage-takers are understood to be unwilling to release the remaining five hostages, including two high ranking officials.

Yerevan’s deputy police chief, Valery Osipyan, and the country’s deputy police chief, Vardan Yeghiazaryan, were reported to have been among the hostages still held by the gunmen.

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