Armed men seize po­lice sta­tion, de­mand politi­cians’ re­lease

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Armed men seized a po­lice sta­tion and hostages in Ar­me­nia’s cap­i­tal Yere­van on Sun­day, killing one po­lice of­fi­cer in the process be­fore de­mand­ing Ar­me­ni­ans take to the streets to se­cure the re­lease of jailed op­po­si­tion politi­cians.

Their main de­mand was 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.

Ar­me­nia’s se­cu­rity ser­vice said one po­lice­man had been killed and two wounded in the vi­o­lence, but that ne­go­ti­a­tions were now un­der­way to try to per­suade the hostage tak­ers to lay down their weapons.

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