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The Deadly 1999 Attack On Armenia's Parliament


A screen grab from Armenian television shows the gunmen in the parliament chamber. - On October 27, 1999, five gunmen entered Armenia's parliament and opened fire, killing eight prominent politicians.
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A screen grab from Armenian television shows the gunmen in the parliament chamber. - On October 27, 1999, five gunmen entered Armenia's parliament and opened fire, killing eight prominent politicians.

An undated TV image of Nairi Hunanian - The group's ringleader was Nairi Hunanian, a former journalist. He claimed to be carrying out a coup d'etat because he believed the government was leading Armenia into political and economic ruin. Hunanian's brother and uncle were among the attackers.
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An undated TV image of Nairi Hunanian - The group's ringleader was Nairi Hunanian, a former journalist. He claimed to be carrying out a coup d'etat because he believed the government was leading Armenia into political and economic ruin. Hunanian's brother and uncle were among the attackers.

A TV grab shows a group of hostages leaving the parliament building after their release. - The attackers seized about 40 hostages but released them and surrendered to the authorities on October 28 after they received promises of a fair trial.
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A TV grab shows a group of hostages leaving the parliament building after their release. - The attackers seized about 40 hostages but released them and surrendered to the authorities on October 28 after they received promises of a fair trial.

An armored vehicle was positioned outside the parliament as the attackers surrendered to the authorities on October 28. - The attackers were sentenced to life in prison after a lengthy trial.
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An armored vehicle was positioned outside the parliament as the attackers surrendered to the authorities on October 28. - The attackers were sentenced to life in prison after a lengthy trial.

Servicemen carry the body of Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsian in a state funeral on October 31.
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Servicemen carry the body of Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsian in a state funeral on October 31.

Speaker of parliament Karen Demirchian was also among the victims.
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Speaker of parliament Karen Demirchian was also among the victims.

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