Policeman killed as Armenian hostage situation turns violent

One of the gunmen locked in a two-week stand-off in a police station in the Armenian capital Yerevan shot an officer dead on Saturday, a police spokesman said, according to TRT World.

Armenia’s security services issued an ultimatum to gunmen holding up Erebuni police station Saturday, in a bid to resolve a weeks-long hostage crisis after dozens were hurt in overnight clashes.

By Saturday, dozens were injured and 26 arrested after authorities broke up a rally near the police station, where the armed pro-opposition group has been holed up for almost two weeks with several hostages. Police used batons, stun grenades and smoke bombs to break up the demonstration in support of the gunmen, who are still holding two medics. Officers charged at protesters shouting “Free independent Armenia”.