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Armenia opposition group takes hostages in police station raid

Armenian police officers block the streets to Erebuni police station in Yerevan on July 17, 2016An armed Armenian group with links to a jailed opposition leader seized a police building in Yerevan on Sunday, killing one policeman and taking several more hostage, including top officers. One of the gunman said they were demanding the resignation of President Serzh Sarkisian and the release of political prisoners but the country’s security services dismissed rumours on social media that a coup was under way. “A group of armed men entered the premises of a police regiment in Yerevan and is holding hostages under the threat of violence,” Armenia’s National Security Service said in a statement.

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