Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.9
Akhoond (cleric who leads prayers) of a mosque in Nardaran township of Baku, Nuhbala Rahimov has been arrested, the township residents told Trend.
He was detained by the law enforcement agencies and was brought to the Sabunchu District Police Office Dec.9.
Sabunchu District Court made a decision to keep Rahimov in detention for 12 days.
The residents said that the akhoond has been arrested over the Nardaran incident.
Earlier, on Nov. 26, five members of a criminal group, operating under the guise of religion, were killed during a police operation in the township of Nardaran, some 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 Taleh Baghirov. All 14 detainees were arrested for four months as a preventive measure against them.
Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office has initiated criminal cases.