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3 men in Armenia try to rob a police station; 2 are injured

Three men stormed a police station in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, on Sunday, detonating hand grenades that wounded two of them, the Interior Ministry reported.

A third man remained at the entrance to the police station for more than an hour, threatening to detonate another grenade. Police units led by Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Aram Hovhannisyan rushed to the scene and arrested the attacker. The attacker was detained at the Nor-Nork police station, Interior Ministry spokesman Narek Sargsyan said. No more injuries were reported.

Local press reported Sunday that the men hoped to free members of the Combatant Brotherhood organization who were detained earlier that day.

The group opposes the transfer of several villages from the Armenian region of Tavush to neighboring Azerbaijan.

Last year, Azerbaijan launched a military campaign to retake the Karabakh region, ending three decades of ethnic Armenian separatist rule there.

In December, the two sides agreed to begin negotiations on a peace treaty. However, many residents of Armenia’s border regions have resisted the demarcation effort, considering it an invasion by Azerbaijan.

Speaking to residents of the border village of Voskepar in the Tavush region on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan warned that Armenia’s refusal to delimit the border could trigger a new confrontation.

“It would mean that a war could break out by the end of the week,” Pashinyan said. He added that border demarcation should be based on mutual recognition of the territorial integrity of Armenia and Azerbaijan based on maps from 1991, when both were part of the Soviet Union.

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