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1 dead, hostages taken in attack on Armenian police station

  • Armenian police and special force secure the area around a police station in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, July 17, 2016. Armenia security forces say a group of armed men has attacked a central police station in the Armenian capital, killing one officer, wounding two and taking others hostage. (Aram Kirakosyan/PAN Photo via AP)

    Armenian police and special force secure the area around a police station in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, July 17, 2016. Armenia security forces say a group of armed men has attacked a central police station in the Armenian capital, killing one officer, wounding two and taking others hostage. (Aram Kirakosyan/PAN Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Armenian police and special forces secure the area around a police station in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, July 17, 2016. Armenia security forces say a group of armed men has attacked a central police station in the Armenian capital, killing one officer, wounding two and taking others hostage. (Varo Rafayelyan/PAN Photo via AP)

    Armenian police and special forces secure the area around a police station in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, July 17, 2016. Armenia security forces say a group of armed men has attacked a central police station in the Armenian capital, killing one officer, wounding two and taking others hostage. (Varo Rafayelyan/PAN Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Armenian police and special forces secure the area around a police station in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, July 17, 2016. Armenia security forces say a group of armed men has attacked a central police station in the Armenian capital, killing one officer, wounding two and taking others hostage. (Aram Kirakosyan/PAN Photo via AP)

    Armenian police and special forces secure the area around a police station in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, July 17, 2016. Armenia security forces say a group of armed men has attacked a central police station in the Armenian capital, killing one officer, wounding two and taking others hostage. (Aram Kirakosyan/PAN Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Armenia's security forces say a group of armed men has attacked a police station in the capital, killing one officer, wounding two and taking several others hostage.

Sunday's attack was carried out by members of an opposition group demanding the release of their jailed leader, Jirair Sefilian, who was arrested last month on charges of planning to overthrow the government.

Police have cordoned off the area around the station in Yerevan's Erebuni district.

The National Security Service said negotiations were being conducted with the attackers for the release of the hostages. Few details of the attack were released.

A high-ranking police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information, said the attackers numbered about 20 and were holding at least eight officers hostage.