Karabakh Army Arrests Azeri Commandos at Kelbajar

One of the commandos captured by Karabakh armed forces


STEPANAKERT, YEREVAN–The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Defense Ministry reported on Thursday that its Armed Forces repelled a commando attack by Azerbaijani special forces into the Kelbajar district of Artsakh and arrested several Azerbaijani servicemen.

Cache of arms seized from Azeri insurgents

“The enemy’s reconnaissance-sabotage group was detected on time,” said a statement issued by the Karabakh defense ministry, which added that during the operation “some of its [Azerbaijani] members were arrested while the others fled.”

The defense ministry also stressed that there were no Armenian casualties during the operation.

Chache of arms seized from Azeri insurgents

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces immediately denied the existence of such an operation. In response to Baku’s denial, the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic defense ministry identified one of the captive Azerbaijani soldiers as Guliyev Shahbaz Jalaloghlui, born in 1968 and is registered in Mirbashir region, Ghapanlu village.

The Artsakh defense ministry also released photographs of the large cache of arms and ammunition seized from the Azerbaijani insurgents.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported on Thursday that Kelbajar attacks could be connected to the disappearance earlier this week of a 17-year-old Karabakh resident, Smbat Tsakanian. The authorities in Stepanakert did not rule out such a connection.

According to a spokesman for Karabakh President Bako Sahakian, the Karabakh military and police are now looking for Tsakanian as well as Azerbaijani “saboteurs” that might still be hiding in the area. “Our investigative efforts will show what happened,” the official, Davit Babayan, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am).

Meanwhile in Yerevan, Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian warned his Azerbaijani counterpart Zakir Hasanov to be “sober” when ordering his soldiers to attack border points and other positions in the Line of Contact.

Weapons and supplies seized from Azeri insurgents

“The instruction can have a snowball effect and could backfire,” for the Azerbaijani side, said Ohanyan while speaking to the press at a military unit in Ararat Province.

In the Chinari village in the Tavush district of Armenia, sporadic Azerbaijani shots were reported at the border.

“The gunfire started at 9:30 pm and lasted until 2 am,” the Chinari village administrator Samvel Saghoyan told Aysor.am, adding that the new wave of attacks damaged houses and shattered windows of residential buildings.

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  1. Norin said:

    These animals should stand trial in a military court and all applicable law violations should be enforced by the Artsakh authorities. Once convicted they should be put to work clearing leftover munitions such as land mines left behind by their former masters. They should also be put to work on construction projects in rebuilding our beautiful Arstakh brick by brick. They should be fed well and kept healthy as POW’s so that they can live long fruitful days helping the native Armenians on all Arstakh projects.

    All of their hard work should be documented with photographs and video footage and be presented online so that the Azeris can be proud of their countrymen laboring hard in Arstakh. There is no shame in good honest work.

    If any POW refuses then they can be housed as prisoners in a cage like bunker right at the line of contact in clear vision of Azeri snipers.

  2. GB said:

    I am sure these “trapped” saboteurs had orders to kill front line Armenian soldiers, when they are in sleep.
    Gun silencers and light weaponry indicate, that they had plan to kill and run away in order to create chaos..I am sure Artsakhi defense army will learn a lot from these Axeri saboteurs, and neutralize their cowardly intention toward Artsakhi defense forces, in the future..

  3. Hagopian hagopian said:

    Now it’s time for NKR army to inject battery acid, psychotropic, schitzophrenic medications, and show the world “Yes We Also Can” mentality.

  4. Areg said:

    Find out where these weapons are made from? Stop arming Turkey and Azerbaijan if there is to be peace on this earth.

  5. Kevork parseghian said:

    mishd zkon ullank yev bardajanach gettse Hygagan panage.mah turkerin

  6. Ararat said:

    The Artsakh authorities should interrogate and get all critical information they need from this Azerbaijani infidel terrorist AND then the Artsakh army MUST make an example of this pseudo-Turkish Azerbaijani kafir by putting him in front of the firing squad and riddle his body with bullets followed by decapitation.

    Send his decapitated head to Aliyev with a message that this is what awaits him AND send the rest of his body to his mother as a gift for the next Novruz celebrations.

  7. Samuel Darbinian said:

    Once again Azari coward terrorist president committed crime in violation of signed cease fire between Artsakh state & Azarbaijan & violation of independent Artsakh border line & capturing several Azari subversive, misguided forces equipped with arms. According news Alyev’s coward regime & crony’s denied this incident from their safe & secure hiding place, accept responsibility at least to protect thir misguided & brainwashed captive soldiers, to be included under cover of international law for war criminal rights protection, Alyev terrorist in the past displayed his outmost efforts paying a lot of money in 3rd country (Hungary) release & glorify his terrorist companion as a hero, now he is denying existence of his captured soldiers, in fact he view them Idiot Donkey turk.
    If Azari coward terrorist president avoiding to accept to accept responsibility & its consequences, then it is required for Artsakh independent state set up court martial order, for captured murderers to identify their origin, fact finding & proper sentencing them in presence of international media interested government representatives& human rights organizations as witness. Such a trial means condemnation of terrorist Alyev

  8. Andranik said:

    This is no solder, crazy guy with a machine gun, lets not go down to their level

    • www.Voskanapat.info said:

      Who said he was a soldier? Lets not go down to the Hollywood action movie level.

      This was a reconnaissance-sabotage group – they spoke fluent Armenian, knew every bush and creek in the mountains, collected strategic information and kidnapped and killed civilians. Azeri Turk Rembos would not be able to blend in like these animals did.

      With such tasks at hand, the best thing is to send people that look like locals, speak like locals, walk like locals and don’t stand out. They were armed and equipped according to their mission.

    • www.Voskanapat.info said:

      Who said he was a soldier? Lets not go down to the Hollywood action movie level.

      This was a reconnaissance-sabotage group – they spoke fluent Armenian, knew every bush and creek in the mountains, collected strategic information and kidnapped and killed civilians. Azeri Turk Rembos would not be able to blend in like these saboteurs did.

      With such tasks at hand, the best thing is to send people that look like locals, speak like locals, walk like locals and don’t stand out. They were armed and equipped according to their mission.

  9. Mike said:

    The weapons are mostly Russian manufactured. The pistol may be another eastern European design. This guy doesn’t look like much of a commando.

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