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Mine blasts kill & maim civilians in Azerbaijan's Lachin, Tartar districts

24 October 2022 12:36 (UTC+04:00)
Mine blasts kill & maim civilians in Azerbaijan's Lachin, Tartar districts

By Vugar Khalilov

An Azerbaijani civilian has been seriously injured in a mine blast in Tartar District, part of which was liberated from the Armenian occupation in the 44-day war in 2020, Azernews reports, citing the Azerbaijan Mine Action Agency (ANAMA).

The agency reported that on October 23, 2022, an anti-personnel mine blast occurred in an area not cleared of mines in Tartar District. Samir Alizada (26), a resident of Tartar’s Seydimli village, was hospitalized, and later his both legs were amputated below the ankles.

ANAMA once again calls on citizens to behave responsibly, not to enter uncharted territories, and to follow the required rules.

Around 1700 on October 23, the district prosecutor's office received information of an individual hitting an anti-personnel mine in Tartar District's Chayli area, the Azerbaijani Prosecutor-General’s Office said in connection with the incident.

Currently, an investigation has been launched into the incident at the Tartar district prosecutor's office, it added.

The number of mine victims since the end of the 44-day war with Armenia in 2020 reaches 262 people, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry tweeted.

“Another victim of Armenia-planted landmine, 26 years old civilian injured as a result of a landmine explosion in Tartar District. Unfortunately, both of his legs were amputated. Number of mine victims since the end of 2020-war reaches 262. Armenia’s impunity leads to new crimes!” the ministry tweeted.

Likewise, two civilians, Elsevar Hamidov and Sabuhi Hasanov received serious injuries as a result of the landmine explosion in Lachin District’s Suarasi village on October 21, Interior Ministry’s Barda District Group reported earlier.

Elsevar Hamidov (45), who was critically injured in a mine blast, died in the hospital. Both of the victims were involved in reconstruction activities in the village.

Armenia spared no efforts to plant land mines on Azerbaijani territory, not only during the 30 years of occupation but also just before days of quitting Azerbaijani lands as envisaged in the trilateral statement in order to cause human casualties.

Rarely a day goes by without news of civilians or military personnel being injured or killed as a result of mine explosions in Azerbaijan's liberated lands.

Armenia deliberately and constantly planted mines on Azerbaijani territories, in violation of the 1949 Geneva Convention, thereby being a major threat to regional peace, security, and cooperation.

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