Criminal Case Filed into Blast in Azerbaijani Capital City

Politics Materials 18 August 2008 11:52 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 August / Trend corr. K.Zarbaliyeva, I.Alizade / A total of two people died and five people were severely wounded as a result of blast in Abu Bakir mosque, in Azerbaijan's capital city of Baku at 9.00 p.m. during evening prayers, Agshin Ziyadov, public prosecutor of the Nasimi District in Baku said to Trend .

In the evening of 17 August, unknown man broke Mosque's window with stone and threw RGD-1 grenades into the Mosque.

According to the Medical Clinic Centre, 53 year-old Rafig Abbasov and 22-year old young man, whose name is still being identified, died as a result of this incident.

Gamat Suleymanov, the Imam of the mosque, got slight injury and discharged after the primary medical aid.

According to the Baku City Public Prosecutor's Office, the case is being investigated at the Baku city Public Prosecutor's Office and criminal case was filed on Articles 120.2.4 (deliberate homicide through general dangerous method) and 120.2.7 (deliberate homicide of two or more people) of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code.

Especially, people, who belong to Vahhabi sect, do their prayers in the Abu Bakir Mosque. In 2008, the Azerbaijani National Security Ministry and the State Committee on Religious Organizations conducted operations in this Mosque and withdraw religious books which are banned to be spread.

Eldar Mahmudov, the National Security Minister, and Ramil Usubov, the Interior Minister came to the place of incident. Officials did not comment on the details of the blast.

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