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Pashinyan Pays Respects to Victims of October 1999 Attack on Parliament

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan and National Assembly Speaker Alen Simonyan laid flowers today at a Yerevan memorial to mark the anniversary of the October 27, 1999 attack on the National Assembly that killed eight officials including then PM Vazgen Sargsyan and National Assembly Speaker Karen Demirchyan.

Scores were wounded when five gunmen broke into the parliament and opened fire with Kalashnikov AK-47s hidden under their coats.

The attackers, led by former ARF member Nayri Hunanyan, claimed they were carrying out a coup d'état, describing their act as "patriotic" and "necessary for the nation to regain its senses."

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