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Gunmen in Armenia take paramedics hostage

  • Riot police secure a police station, which is being hold by an armed group, in Yerevan, Armenia, early Wednesday, July 27, 2016. A spokesman for Armenia's police says two of the gunmen who have been holding a police station in the capital for more than a week have surrendered after an exchange of gunfire. Police spokesman Ashot Arahonyan says on Facebook that the gunfire began before dawn on Wednesday. (Vahan Stepanyan/PAN Photo via AP)

    Riot police secure a police station, which is being hold by an armed group, in Yerevan, Armenia, early Wednesday, July 27, 2016. A spokesman for Armenia's police says two of the gunmen who have been holding a police station in the capital for more than a week have surrendered after an exchange of gunfire. Police spokesman Ashot Arahonyan says on Facebook that the gunfire began before dawn on Wednesday. (Vahan Stepanyan/PAN Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers detain a supporter of the armed group who have been holding a police station in Yerevan, Armenia, early Wednesday, July 27, 2016. A spokesman for Armenia's police says two of the gunmen who have been holding a police station in the capital for more than a week have surrendered after an exchange of gunfire. Police spokesman Ashot Arahonyan says on Facebook that the gunfire began before dawn on Wednesday. (Vahan Stepanyan/PAN Photo via AP)

    Police officers detain a supporter of the armed group who have been holding a police station in Yerevan, Armenia, early Wednesday, July 27, 2016. A spokesman for Armenia's police says two of the gunmen who have been holding a police station in the capital for more than a week have surrendered after an exchange of gunfire. Police spokesman Ashot Arahonyan says on Facebook that the gunfire began before dawn on Wednesday. (Vahan Stepanyan/PAN Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Riot police secure a police station, which is being held by an armed group, in Yerevan, Armenia, early Wednesday, July 27, 2016. A spokesman for Armenia's police says two of the gunmen who have been holding a police station in the capital for more than a week have surrendered after an exchange of gunfire. Police spokesman Ashot Arahonyan says on Facebook that the gunfire began before dawn on Wednesday. (Vahan Stepanyan/PAN Photo via AP)

    Riot police secure a police station, which is being held by an armed group, in Yerevan, Armenia, early Wednesday, July 27, 2016. A spokesman for Armenia's police says two of the gunmen who have been holding a police station in the capital for more than a week have surrendered after an exchange of gunfire. Police spokesman Ashot Arahonyan says on Facebook that the gunfire began before dawn on Wednesday. (Vahan Stepanyan/PAN Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Armenia say gunmen who have been barricaded in a police station for 10 days have taken an ambulance crew hostage after they came in to help the wounded following an exchange of fire with officers.

The group seized the police post in the capital, Yerevan, on July 17, demanding freedom for a jailed opposition figure, and took those inside hostage. The last of those hostages were released on Saturday.

After an exchange of fire before dawn Wednesday two of the gunmen surrendered and one police officer and two gunmen were wounded and taken to hospitals. Over 20 gunmen are believed to remain in the police station.

Police spokesman Ashot Agaronyan said the gunmen took the paramedics hostage after they were called in to treat the wounded.