Armenia medics 'taken hostage' as gunmen standoff drags on

Armed man stand outside a police vehicle after they released the final four police officers held captive in the Armenian capital Yerevan on July 23, 2016Pro-opposition gunmen locked in a protracted standoff with police in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Wednesday have taken four medics hostage, officials say, after a shootout left five people wounded. Police said the medics were held after entering a police compound seized by the assailants 10 days ago to treat two gunmen injured in clashes that also left two attackers and a police officer hospitalised. “The doctors who went into the captured territory to assist two members of the armed group who refused to go to hospital have been taken hostage,” police spokesman Ashot Aharonyan wrote on Facebook.

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