Azerbaijan, Baku, July 15 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
A criminal case has been filed into the case of the murder of a 13-year-old girl in the Tovuz region of Azerbaijan by Armenians, the embassy told Trend.
A case was filed under the Article 120.2.12 (premeditated murder motivated by ethnic, racial, or religious hatred or enmity) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan, Tovuz Regional Prosecutor Office's Investigator Asif Allahverdiyev told Trend.
An investigation is underway, he added.
A terrible accident took place in the Alibayli village of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district, bordering 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 was loaded with an explosive device and dropped by the Armenian side into the Tovuz River, flowing through the Alibeyli village.
Elsevar Jafarov and Aygun Shahmaliyeva were playing near the river and brought the toy to the house of Hasan Jafarov. Aygun Shahmaliyeva put the toy on the table at home, setting off and detonating the 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 the region in 1994, when two young children were killed and one wounded after a toy from Armenia exploded.
The case was initiated under Art. 120.2.12 (premeditated murder motivated by ethnic, racial or religious hatred or enmity) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan and is currently under investigation, the Investigator Tovuz Asif Allahverdiyev told Trend.