Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan (C) speaks at a rally close to the Erebuni police station, where gunmen are holding hostages, in Yerevan on July 22, 2016. / AFP / KAREN MINASYAN
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Pro-opposition gunmen locked in a week-long hostage standoff with Armenian authorities Saturday released the final four police officers held captive, officials said, but remained holed up and heavily armed.Senior military officer Vitaly Balasanyan, who was acting as an intermediary, said the hostage-takers first released two of the officers Saturday morning "without any conditions" before then freeing the final two high-ranking officials.Pro-Russian Sarkisian, a former military officer, has been president of the tiny country of 2.9 million people since winning a vote in 2008 that saw bloody clashes between police and supporters of the defeated opposition candidate in which 10 people died.
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