Weapons, ammunition seized in Nardaran settlement

The weapons and ammunition were seized in Baku’s Nardaran settlement, the Azerbaijani interior ministry reported on December 3.

The representatives of the Criminal Investigation Department of Baku’s Main Police Office and the Police Office of Sabunchu District found a machine carbine with a shortened barrel and erased serial number, five cartridges, a magazine hidden in Nardaran settlement and a revolver with erased serial number in a garbage can.

On November 26, five members of a criminal group, operating under the guise of religion, were killed during a police operation in the township of Nardaran, some 25 km northeast of Baku. Two police officers were also killed in the standoff.

Later fourteen members of the criminal group were arrested along with the group’s ringleader Taleh Baghirov. All 14 detainees were arrested for four months as a preventive measure against them.

Department for Grave Crimes, operating under Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office, has initiated criminal cases and those arrested are being charged under the following articles of the Criminal Code: 120 (intentional murder), 214 (terrorism), 220 (mass unrests), 228 (illegal purchase, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of fire-arms, its accessories, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices), 283 (inciting national, racial or religious hatred), 315 (resistance or use of violence against a representative of authority), and 278 (violent seizure of power or violently holding power).