According to unofficial reports, a woman has been killed by a bear that had been kept on the grounds of the Republic of Armenia Military Police department in Yerevan.
Little is known of the circumstances, except that the bear belonged to the head of the Military Police, Vladimir Gasparyan.
The family refuses to give the alleged victim’s surname; they only say that a woman named Jasmine, 59, who was a cleaning lady at the department, was killed on Thursday. The sources say the bear escaped its cage while attendants entered to feed it. It is said that the woman was taken to hospital where she died of wounds. The family says it was called to identify the body and saw that she had suffered an attack.
It is unclear why the headquarters was keeping a bear. It is believed that the compound is also home to a tiger. Armenian brown bears are on the endangered species list. It is believed that the bear was destroyed.
The family refuses to give further information. The Military Police refused to answer ArmeniaNow’s question concerning the alleged event.
Why on earth was there a bear living or rather stationed at the Military Police department? What purpose did it serve? Who will be held accountable for the death of the cleaning woman, the Ministry of Defense? The prime minister? The president? This is a horrible incident, and something tells me it will be covered up somehow hush-hush, as are other extraordinary situations affecting the innocent in this country.