Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 20 / Trend M. Aliyev /
Traffic in Baku metro stations was halted today on the anniversary of the Jan. 20 tragedy. A mourning melody sounded at the stations. Carnations tied with black ribbons were laid.
Traffic in Baku was stopped to commemorate the victims of the tragedy in a minute's silence.
The Soviet army commenced military operations against Azerbaijan early morning on 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. Twenty-one people were killed after a state of emergency was declared on Jan. 20. Twenty-six people were killed in the Neftchala and Lankaran regions.