MOSCOW(Sputnik) — An armed group that seized a police patrol station in Yerevan announced the conditions on Wednesday under which it would release ambulance staff who earlier came to the station to assist the wounded and were taken hostage.
"The doctors will be freed if the health minister comes personally and organizes [medical] operations on this territory," the group demanded in a written statement.
On July 17, the armed group took several police officers hostage at a patrol police station in the Erebuni district of Yerevan. The hostage-takers are demanding the release of Jirair Sefilian, an opposition politician and the founder of the New Armenia Public Salvation Front. He took part in the 1988-1994 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan and is accused of the illegal acquisition and possession of arms.