Armenian presidential candidate suffers gun wound

Yerevan, Feb 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Armenian presidential candidate Paruir Airikyan has been hospitalised with a gun wound in his shoulder after he was assaulted Thursday night, police said Friday.

Airikyan, leader of the National Self-Determination political party, was attacked on one of the streets of the Armenian capital of Yerevan.

Doctors from the Gregory the Illuminator hospital, where Airikyan was taken, said he was in a stable condition and his life was not in danger.

Armenian police chief Vladimir Gasparyan arrived at the scene of the incident, where investigators gathered evidence.

Armenia will be holding presidential election Feb 18 with seven candidates running for the post of the president.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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