U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan urges thorough investigation of 13-year old girl's death
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 15 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova /
The U.S. Embassy in Baku called for a thorough and transparent investigation into the death of a 13-year-old girl in the Tovuz region of Azerbaijan, the embassy told Trend.
"We call for a thorough, transparent investigation into the incident," Embassy spokesman Keith Bean said.
He also expressed deep condolences to the family and friends of the victim.
A terrible accident took place in the Alibayli village of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district, bordering with Armenia. The blast of an explosive device killed a 13-year old girl Aygun Shahmaliyeva and heavily wounded her 32-year old mother Elnara Shahmaliyeva in the hip.
A toy dog loaded with an explosive device was dropped by the Armenian side into the Tovuz River flowing through the village of Alibeyli.
Jafarov Elsevar and Shahmalyeva Aygun, who were playing near the river, brought the toy to the home of Hasan Jafarov. When Aygun Shahmalyeva was playing at home, she put the toy on the table and set off the planted device.
The Shahmaliyev family and relatives live in Russia, St. Petersburg. They came to visit their relatives in the Alibayli village.
The Tovuz prosecutor's office is investigating the incident for more information.
A similar incident occurred in this region in 1994. Two young children were killed and one was wounded when a toy from Armenia exploded.