YEREVAN, Armenia – Police in Armenia say that an unidentified assailant armed with a knife has taken a 3-year-old boy hostage at a pre-school.
Police said the hostage situation happened Monday in the town of Armavir, about 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) west of the capital, Yerevan.
Initial news reports from the ex-Soviet republic indicated that the attacker had taken all children and teachers hostage. But police spokesman Ashot Agaronian said the assailant was holding just one child, a 3-year-old boy.
Agaronian said the hostage-taker appeared to be driven by a personal motive, but he wouldn't elaborate.
The attacker posed no immediate demands, according to Agaronian.
It wasn't immediately clear how many children and teachers were at the pre-school at the time of the hostage-taking.