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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 1
A special operation was launched in the Nardaran township of Baku Dec. 1 by Azerbaijani law enforcement authorities.
The operation, which started at 08:00 (GMT+4), is aimed at securing the rights, freedoms, and protecting the lawful interests of Azerbaijani citizens, as well as seizing arms and explosives.
The operation is under supervision of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who is being informed on the latest development of the situation.
A limited number of equipment and personnel of troops of the interior ministry and regular police units entered the township, and police posts have been set up there. An investigation group of the prosecutor general's office, the interior ministry and the national security ministry are currently operating on the scene.
In order to ensure the safety of the Nardaran residents during the operation, they were required to strictly comply with laws, and prevent the actions and conditions posing a threat to public order, life and health of the representative of authorities.
Serious measures will be immediately taken against the persons resisting to the forces holding the special operation, and against those with weapons or objects used as weapons, and violating public order.
On Nov. 26, four members of a criminal group, operating under the guise of religion, were killed during a police operation in Nardaran, located 25 km northeast of Baku.
Two police officers were also killed in the standoff.
Fourteen members of the criminal group were arrested along with the group's ringleader Tale Baghirov.