Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Gunmen in Armenia Take Medics Hostage

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Gunmen in Armenia Take Medics Hostage

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Germany seeks clues to bomber's last contact

A Syrian asylum-seeker who blew himself up in the southern German town of Ansbach was chatting online with a still-unidentified person immediately before the explosion, Bavaria's interior minister said Wednesday.

Attacker Mohammed Daleel, 27, died and 15 people were wounded when his bomb exploded outside a bar Sunday night after he was denied entry to a nearby concert because he didn't have a ticket.

"There was apparently an immediate contact with someone who had a significant influence on this attack," state Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said in Bavaria.

It wasn't clear whether Daleel was in contact with Islamic State or where the other person in the chat was, Herrmann said.

The Ansbach explosion was the last of four attacks in Germany in a week, two of which were claimed by Islamic State.

New hostages extend Armenian standoff * Gunmen who have been barricaded in a police station in the Armenian capital for 10 days took members of an ambulance crew hostage on Wednesday after they came in to treat those wounded in an exchange of fire with officers, police said.

One of the crew, a doctor, was released Wednesday night, the Armenian Health Ministry said on its Facebook page.

The group seized the police post in Yerevan on July 17, killing one officer, wounding several others and taking those remaining hostage to demand freedom for a jailed opposition figure. The last of those hostages were released on Saturday.

After an exchange of fire before dawn Wednesday, two of the gunmen surrendered and one police officer and two gunmen were taken to hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds. More than 20 gunmen are believed to remain in the station.

Police spokesman Ashot Agaronyan said the gunmen took several paramedics hostage after they were called in to treat the wounded. …

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