Karabakh Accuses Azerbaijan of Beheading Artsakh Soldiers

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Kyaram Sloyan was decapitated by Azerbaijanis during last week’s attacks

Kyaram Sloyan was decapitated by Azerbaijanis during last week’s attacks

STEPANAKERT (RFE/RL)—Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh have accused Azerbaijani forces of beheading three Armenian soldiers and mutilating the dead bodies of more than a dozen others during recent heavy fighting in the area.

Karabakh prosecutors identified the three servicemen this week after launching formal criminal proceedings in connection with the alleged war crimes. They claimed that one of them, the 31-year-old Major Hayk Torosian, was still alive then his Azerbaijani captors began cutting off his head.

The headless body of another soldier, Kyaram Sloyan, was handed over to his family and buried on April 4, two days after the Azerbaijani army launched an offensive at two sections of the Karabakh “line of contact.” The family living in a village in central Armenia received the 19-year-old’s severed head a few days later.

The Armenian military said that Azerbaijan handed over Sloyan’s head as part of exchanges between the two warring sides of the bodies of soldiers killed by them during the four-day hostilities. The mutual handovers were facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Military authorities in Yerevan and Stepanakert alleged in April that virtually all of the recovered bodies of 18 Armenian soldiers had traces of mutilation. They said they will present evidence of the war crimes to foreign governments and international human rights bodies.

According to the Karabakh prosecutors, 15 Armenian soldiers had their ears cut off after being killed by Azerbaijani forces on April 2.

Commenting on the latest allegations, Davit Babayan, a senior Karabakh official, said on Friday that the international community must react to what he called a manifestation of Azerbaijani “fanaticism and fascism.”

“Normal people could not have done such things,” Babayan told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am). “This once again shows who we are up against.”

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5 Comments

  1. ara said:

    Sword-they liveand shalldieby it-they occupy our lands-no Bull shit time here-decimating them is the way

  2. edward demian said:

    And the foreign powers think that we will just submit to an IS type of government?Better have the Artsackians declare Artsackh a Christian Republic and seek Help from fundamental Christians world wide. Invite the YPG to train their women, establish female fighting units.

  3. EagleTalons said:

    Smells like hired ISIS barbarians to me, azeris are too scared to crawl from under the rock.

  4. Ararat said:

    Just like the executioners of Operation Nemesis went after the Turkish masterminds of the Armenian Genocide hiding in European and Central Asian capitals and gave them a big dose and a bitter taste of their own medicines WE must also go after the Azerbaijani criminals, who committed such barbaric acts, and somehow capture them alive and do to them as they did to Armenian soldiers but hundred times more in brutality.

    I say this because decapitating an Armenian soldier already killed in the battlefield not only shows the degree of devastation and humiliation suffered by the Azerbaijani cowards at the hands of our dedicated Armenian patriots in the last war of liberation but it is also a manifestation of the deep hatred our enemy has towards our nation. To me this act also symbolizes an act of genocide because it dehumanizes Armenians in the eyes of our pseudo-Turkish Azerbaijani enemies just like it did a century ago at the hands of the their Turkish criminal collaborators.

    WE must capture this Azerbaijani criminal along with Safarov and bring justice to the families of their Armenian victims. WE must decapitate them and send their remains to their loved ones not in two pieces but in a dozen pieces!

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