Azerbaijan: 4 dead in mine blast in newly retaken region
Four Azeri civilians died Saturday after their car hit a landmine planted by retreating Armenian soldiers in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan's prosecutor general said. The incident occurred in a village in Fizuli district, a statement said. "The mine was planted by the Armenian armed forces during their retreat," the statement said, adding that it was an anti-tank mine.
Azerbaijani authorities say four people were killed and one injured when their car triggered an anti-tank mine in a region that was taken during recent fighting with occupying Armenian forces.
The general prosecutor's office said the blast took place Saturday in the Fuzuli region. Fuzuli had been illegally held under the control of invader Armenian forces since a 1990s war in and around the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Heavy fighting broke out in late September during which Azerbaijan regained control of Fuzuli and some other Armenian-occupied areas. A cease-fire signed in early November also turns over other territories to Azerbaijan's control.
The blast underlines the dangers Azerbaijanis face in trying to resettle the territories.