Gunmen Surrender Following Armenia Police Station Siege

Around 20 gunmen have surrendered, and been arrested, following a near fortnight-long siege of a police station, in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.

About 20 armed men who seized a police station in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, have surrendered, police say.

The men seized the building nearly two weeks ago seeking the release of “political prisoners” including opposition leader Jirair Sefilian.

A police officer was shot dead from inside the police station during the stand-off on Saturday.

The shooting came as police issued a deadline for the anti-government group to surrender.

When the deadline passed, thousands of protesters again took to the streets in support of the group.

The Interfax news service said all of those inside the police station had now been detained.

Sefilian, a former military commander, has criticised the government’s handling of the long-running conflict involving pro-Armenian separatists in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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