YEREVAN (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, local media reported that four individuals, including Armenia's deputy police chief Maj. Gen. Vardan Egiazaryan and Yerevan's deputy police chief Col. Valeri Osipyan, were held captive.
"The armed group refused to lay down their arms and surrender. They are now holding five hostages. Negotiations are ongoing. We hope for a peaceful outcome," Pogosyan told reporters.
Acccording to earlier reports, seven police officers were taken hostage. Later, two hostages have been released by the Armenian special forces, according to local media. One police officer has been killed during the hostage situation.
The hostage takers told Armenian member of parliament Nikol Pashinyan that they also demand the resignation of the country's president Serzh Sargsyan.