(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) First version published at 12:02
BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 27. An attempt by a
sabotage group of the Armenian Armed Forces to violate the state
border of the Republic of Azerbaijan on May 26 at a site near the
village of Razdara in the Zangilan district was prevented, trend reports.
The Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan
and the State Border Service have issued a joint statement on this
As a result of the vigilance of the servicemen serving at the
border-combat point, the movement of the sabotage group was
detected in a timely manner and the necessary measures were taken.
Two servicemen of the Armenian Armed Forces were detained.
During the investigation conducted by the Investigation
Department of the Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan on this
fact, grounds for suspicion were revealed that Armenian servicemen
Arut Khovakimyan, Karen Gazaryan and others on May 26, 2023, at
about 16:00 (GMT+4), carrying firearms and ammunition, illegally
crossed the guarded state border of the Republic of Azerbaijan
The servicemen, by bypassing checkpoints and customs control in
order to violate public security in Azerbaijan, spread panic among
the population and deaths, as well as cause harm to their health,
and significant property damage they wanted to influence the
decision made by the state authorities of Azerbaijan, contradicting
its territorial integrity, and lead to the incitement of national
They opened fire with firearms at the servicemen of the N-th
military unit of the Border Troops of the State Border Service,
located in the village of Razdara of the Zangilan district and
carrying out the protection of the state border, threatening to
commit a terrorist act.
In connection with the above, the Prosecutor General's Office
decided to initiate criminal proceedings under articles of the
Criminal Code 206.3.2 (smuggling of firearms and ammunition by a
group of persons by prior agreement), 214.2.1, 214.2.3 (terrorism
committed by a group of persons by prior agreement, using
firearms), 228.2.1 (illegal acquisition, carrying, possession of
firearms by a group of persons in collusion).
The criminal case was also initiated under articles 283.2.1
(incitement of ethnic hatred and enmity with the use of violence)
and 318.2 (illegal crossing of the state border of the Republic of
Azerbaijan by a group of persons by prior conspiracy or an
Based on the collected evidence, Khovakimyan and Gazaryan were
detained as suspects and brought to the investigation.
Currently, the necessary investigative measures are being
carried out in the criminal case.
Detailed information on the progress and results of the
investigation will be provided to the public.