Azerbaijani civilian injured by landmine in the Agdam district

An Azerbaijani civilian has been reported injured by an exploding landmine whilst involved in construction works in territory that returned to Azerbaijani control due to last year’s 44-day war. Zafar Agayev – reported as being the driver of an excavator – was injured during construction works in the Garvand village of the Agdam district when his vehicle hit an antipersonnel mine at around 01:00 on 21 September. He was then taken to the Barda region’s central hospital.

On 12 June, Armenia handed Azerbaijan maps of around 97,000 landmines of various type in the Agdam region in an apparent quid pro quo exchange for 15 Armenians reportedly detained by Azerbaijan after the 10 November ceasefire agreement. This was the first such exercise with a second apparent exchange of detainees for maps of mines in Fuzuli and Zangilan taking place on 3 July.


source: with Azernews (Baku)
photo: An aerial view of the Agdam Mosque (Juma Mosque) built by architect Karbalayi Safikhan Karabakhi between 1868 and 1870 in the city of Agdam; Gavriil Grigorov/TASS

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