Azerbaijani Islamic Party Blames Foreign Diversionary Groups of Terror Act in Baku Based Mosque

Politics Materials 20 August 2008 15:08 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 August / Trend corr. J.Babayeva / The Islamic Party of Azerbaijan (IPA) condemns the terror act, committed in the Baku based Abu-Bakir Mosque.

"The party leadership believes that the blast in the Mosque was committed by diversionary groups from foreign countries, international Zionism and some local forces. The aim of the blast was to provoke the contradiction amongst Muslims and to present Islam as terror and aggression religious," is stated in the party's statement submitted to Trend .

The blast in the Mosque was directed to damage the public stability in the country.

The blast took place at the Abu Bakir Mosque in U.Bunyadzade Street of Baku city at 08.50p.m on 17 August.

The unknown man threw two RGD-1 kinds of grenades into the Mosque, breaking the Mosque's window with stone.

According to the official information, two men died in this incident, whilst unofficial source said that three men died.

A criminal case has been filed on the fact on Articles 120.2.4 (deliberate homicide through general dangerous method), 120.2.7 (deliberate homicide of two or more people) and 228 (illegal purchase, transfer, sale, storage, conveyance or carrying of firearms, components details of them, ammunition, explosive substances and facilities) of the Criminal Code.

Especially, people, who belong to Salafit sect, pray in the Abu Bakir Mosque. In 2008, the Azerbaijani National Security Ministry and the State Committee on Religious Organizations held operations in this Mosque and withdraw banned religious books.

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Islamic Party of Azerbaijan was established in August 1991 and was granted a state registration in 1992. In 1995, the party leadership was arrested due to espionage in favor of Iran. For this event, Azerbaijani Supreme Court cancelled party's registration.

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