Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 5
By Samir Mammadov - Trend:
Twelve people arrested after the events in Nardaran township of Baku have been released, Nardaran resident Natig Karimov told Trend Jan.5.
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.
Karimov said that the period of the administrative detention has expired.
Atamali Nur, who calls himself an akhoond (cleric who leads prayers) of the Juma mosque in Nardaran township of Baku, is also among the released, the resident said.
Karimov went on to add that 57 people administratively arrested in connection with the Nardaran events have been recently released.