Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.19 / Trend , A.Huseynbala /
The Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan offered his condolences to the Azerbaijani people on the Jan. 20 tragedy.
"Iran will always support Azerbaijan's independence and territorial integrity," Iranian Ambassador Muhammad Bagir Bahrami said in an address Jan. 18.
The Soviet Army commenced military operations against Azerbaijan early morning Jan. 20, 1990, before declaring a state of emergency. The tragedy claimed the lives of 131 people, including 117 Azerbaijanis, six Russians, three Jews and three Tatars. Some 744 people were severely injured. Four went missing and 400 were arrested.
Bahrami said Azerbaijan's resistance to colonialism in the name of freedom and independence is a symbol of the people's pride.
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