Incident Summary:

07/17/2016: Assailants stormed a police station, taking seven police officers hostage, in Yerevan, Armenia. In addition, two medical workers were abducted on July 27th, 2016. All of the hostages were released on or before July 30, 2016 and the standoff ended with the surrender of 20 assailants on July 31, 2016. At least three police officers and three assailants were killed and another officer was injured during the standoff. Sasna Tsrer claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded that President Serzh Sargsyan step down and for the release from prison of Zhirayr Sefilyan, a leader of the Founding Parliament.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Erebuni neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police of the Republic of Armenia
Specific Description Erebuni Police Station
Nationality of Target Armenia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 14
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
Sniper rifles, other firearms, and fire were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Police Colonel Artur Vanoyan, Colonel Aram Hovhannisyan, Lieutenant Colonel Hrach Khosteghyan, and Corporal Gagik Mkrtchyan.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sasna Tsrer Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 30
Number of Captured Perpetrators 20
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 6 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 6
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 3
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunmen in Armenia release last hostages, demand president's resignation," Reuters, July 23, 2016.
"Sasna Tsrer member indicted for murder of police officer," PanARMENIAN Network, November 15, 2016.
"Armenia's Police refute reports on "mass exodus" police officers after July events in Yerevan," ARMINFO News Agency, August 19, 2016.