YEREVAN (Arka)—A group of unidentified men have reportedly shot at Syunik province governor Suren Khachatryan’s car in Kapan, Armenia, on Wednesday, Pastinfo agency reports.
According to preliminary information, Khachatryan is not wounded. The police are investigating the scene.
On Wednesday, shots were fired towards the car of Suren Khachatryan. No harm came to the governor and his driver though 10 bullets were shot in their direction breaking the windshield and side windows. Following the incident, Khachatryan’s advaiser Volodya Hovhannisyan in his interview to the media accused Kapan businessman and Goris Gamma CEO Tigran Karapetyan for masterminding the assassination attempt.
In response, Karapetyan told ArmInfo that he would bring suit against Volodya Hovhannisyan for slandering him and his family. Karapetyan said he had also turned to law enforcement bodies requesting to ensure his and his family’s security. “I have been compelled to take such actions given the threats directed against me and attempts at dragging me into acts of provocation”, said Karapetyan.
The notorious governor, Suren Khachatryan, who has been involved in violence in the past and whose son was recently arrested in relation to the beating and injury of two Syunik men, was appointed again to his office on September 25, 2014. His reappointment came just one year after he resigned on June 6, 2013, after a shootout in front of his home killed Avetik Budaghyan, a former candidate to the post of Goris mayor, and injured his brother, Colonel Artak Budaghyan.
The governor’s son Tigran Khachatryan and bodyguard Zarzand Nikoghosyan were charged with illegal carrying of weapons and homicide in that incident and were in custody over two months pending trial, but were released and the record on the case was closed.
However, in recent days, Tigran Khachatryan was again implicated in a violent incident, this time a gang beating in which one of the victims of the beating was permanently blinded in one eye as a result of injuries.