Daniel Danielyan traffic police Colonel robs HSBC bank in Yerevan

Daniel Danielyan robs a bank, two killed

YEREVAN (Reuters) – A senior traffic police officer in the Armenian capital Yerevan shot and killed a security guard and injured two other people – one of whom died of his wounds hours later – when he robbed a branch of the British HSBC bank on Thursday, police said.

“The robber, armed with a knife, grenade and a gun, broke into the bank and injured two employees. One of them died,” the police said in a statement.

“The person, who committed the robbery, stole the money and fled. But he did not manage to run far away.”

Hours later police said that one of the wounded men, a policeman, died in hospital.

“Unfortunately, doctors could not save the life of the wounded policeman,” police spokesman Ashot Aharonyan posted on his Facebook page.

Daniel Danielyan
Daniel Danielyan

Police named the gunman as Daniel Danielyan, who heads a traffic police unit.

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According to earlier reports, an employee of the HSBC Bank Armenia was killed and another one wounded by a man who broke into the bank’s branch on Komitas Avenue at about 2:25 pm today, armed with a knife, a grenade, and a gun, the police reported.

During the robbery, the attacker shot one of the Bank guards.

In another report by RFERL mentioned that authorities said that a man armed with a hand grenade, a rifle, and a knife rushed into a branch of HSBC Bank Armenia in downtown Yerevan and attacked two bank employees — killing one and wounding the other.

They said the attacker took an unspecified amount of cash and was trying to flee when police arrived.

Authorities said the attacker fired his rifle at police and wounded one officer who died later of his injuries.

They said the attacker was then detained.

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