The armed group that are still holding a patrol department in Yerevan burned a police vehicle – a Chevrolet bus – on Monday, July 25 evening.
The gunmen set fire to another service vehicle the night before, then filled a tire with bullets and burned it too, endangering the lives of people living nearby.
They are members of the Sasna Tsrer movement. One police officer was killed, and several more were wounded in a shootout that broke as the members of the group hit the gates of the police department with a track. All the captives have been set free. The group demand the release of Jirair Sefilian, the founder of the Founding Parliament who was arrested on June 20, as he and a group of people had allegedly planned to seize premises and communication facilities, including the Yerevan TV tower. They also demand the resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan and the creation of a transitional government.
Minutes later, police spokesman Ashot Aharonyan said in a Facebook post that the group set a third vehicle on fire.
In a statement, the law enforcement agencies called on the group to refrain from activities that could put the civilians’ lives in danger and further escalate tensions.