Azerbaijan initiates criminal cases over shelling of its settlements by Armenia
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28
Armenian armed units, stationed in Azerbaijan's occupied lands, continued the aggression and once again shelled the territories populated by civilians and the positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces along the frontline, thereby grossly violating the international humanitarian law, reads a message from the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office, issued Apr. 28.
Armenian armed forces shelled the Aghdam and Terter districts from Azerbaijan's occupied territories on Apr. 27-28 using artillery and large-caliber weapons, and staged a provocation to deliberately kill civilians and destroy the property owned by citizens.
As a result, Famil Mustafayev, a resident of Chamanli village of the Aghdam district was killed, while 6 residents of the Chamanli, Garadaghli and Afetli villages were wounded.
The health condition of one of the wounded is critical.
Dozens of houses, a secondary school and other social facilities were destroyed, while private farms and property of the population were seriously damaged in the mentioned settlements, as well as in the villages of Gapanli, Hasangaya, Gaziyan and Gaynag of Azerbaijan's Terter district.
The prosecutor's offices in the Aghdam and Terter districts have initiated criminal cases upon the abovementioned facts.
An investigation is underway.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.