Party Leader Shot in Azerbaijan

BAKU (AP)–An opposition party leader known for his bold military exploits in the war over the Mountainous Karabagh was shot and killed early Monday in Azerbaijan’s capital–police said.

Fatulla Huseynov’s body was found by his neighbors outside his Baku home–said Yashar Aliyev of the city police. Neighbors reported hearing between four and six gunshots minutes earlier.

Aliyev said police did not yet have a motive or suspect.

Huseynov–67–was one of the leaders of Azerbaijan’s opposition Justice party. He also served as the vice president of the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan. He had previously worked in Azerbaijan’s Interior Ministry and headed the nation’s road police.

In 1992-93–Huseynov fought in Karabagh–earning the nickname the "black colonel" for his unit’s military feats.

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