Baku, Azerbaijan, March 10
Azerbaijani border guards prevented an attempt of armed men from Iran to violate the state border, the Azerbaijani State Border Service told Trend on March 10.
The incident occurred at about 06:50 (GMT+4) on March 10. Despite the legitimate demand and warning shot made by Azerbaijani servicemen, the offenders opened fire.
As a result of the shootout, junior sergeant Sakhavat Mammadov’s chest was injured, while private soldier Vidadi Jabrayilov’s arm was injured. Despite both border guards were immediately taken to the hospital, Sakhavat Mammadov died.
Those who tried to violate the state border fled back.
Head of the State Border Service, Colonel-General Elchin Guliyev and other officials arrived at the scene and inspected the territory.
The necessary instructions were given to continue the search operations.
The head of the military service also met with the father of the deceased serviceman and expressed condolences.
Private soldier Vidadi Jabrayilov and junior sergeant Sakhavat Mammadov (posthumously) were awarded with the medal "For distinction in military service" 3rd degree upon the decree of the head of the State Border Service.
A criminal case was filed. The Azerbaijani State Border Service and the Military Prosecutor's Office are taking the necessary measures.