Caucasus Muslims Clerical Leader Hopes Operation of Abu Bakr Mosque will be Restored after Investigation
Azerbaijan, Baku, 10 November / Trend corr. I.Alizade/ The clerical leader of the Caucasus Muslims hopes operation of the Abu Bakr mosque will be resumed as soon as the investigation is competed.
"A grenade blast entailed victims in the Abu Bakr mosque. Azerbaijani law-enforcement bodies are investigating the crime. I hope once the investigation is completed operation of the Abu Bakr mosque will be resumed," head of the Caucasus Muslims Clerical Office Sheik-ul-Islam haji Allahshukur Pashazade said to journalists on 10 November.
The explosion of a hand grenade thrown to Abu Bakr mosque, in which the religious community of the Narimanov District believers operates, by unknown man at 8.50pm on 17 August 2008 killed two and injured 19. Operation of the mosque was suspended for investigation. Elnur Bakhshiyev, resident of Sumgayit city, charged of committing an act of terrorism in the mosque, was arrested.
At the end of October, Narimanov District Court made a decision to resume the activity of Abu Bakr Mosque. However, Narimanov District Police Station appealed against the court decision since there is information that sabotages would be committed at Abu Bakr Mosque and the decision was reviewed.
A total of 512 religious communities have been registered in Azerbaijan.
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