ICRC attempting to meet 77-year-old Armenian “commando” in Baku

ICRC attempting to meet 77-year-old Armenian “commando” in Baku

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Baku office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is negotiating a possibility of visiting captured citizen of Armenia Mamikon Khojoyan with Azeri authorities.

As the representative of the ICRC Yerevan office Zara Amatuni told PanARMENIAN.Net so far, there are no results to be reported.

As Azeri media claimed earlier, “a 65 year-old member of an Armenian commando group, injured in a diversion attempt, was detained at the contact line near the village of Alibeili, Tovuz region.”

According to Novosti-Armenia, Defense Ministry refuted Azeri claims, noting that no soldier at the military units stationed near the region indicated was absent from service.

According to Panorama.am, the head of Verin Karmraghbyur village reported local resident Mamikonyan Khojoyan missing, with the search currently under way.

As the the Armenian Police spokesperson Armen Malkhasyan noted, the 77-year-old, who suffered from a mental disorder, lived alone and was under medical observation.

The villagers last saw Khojoyan near the settlement of Maflar. Their description of the captive matched the photo of a man posted on Azeri websites.

Simultaneous attempts of penetration by the Azerbaijani subversive groups were recorded on January 19-20 in the north-eastern (Jraberd) and south-eastern (Korgan) directions of the line of contact . The front units of the armed forces of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic noticed the actions of the Azerbaijani subversive groups and started an organized defense in both directions.

The rival was thrown back suffering palpable human and material losses. Junior Sergeant Armen Hovhannisyan died from the wounds he received during the exchange of fire in the north-eastern direction.

Also, as a result of the continuous firing from the Azerbaijani side, a 16-year-old girl was wounded in her leg on Thursday, Jan 23 night in Aygepar village of Armenia’s Tavush province.

Intensive fire was registered in the direction of Armenian border villages of Nerkin Karmraghbyur, Aygepar, Chinari and Movses, RA Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan told PanARMENIAN.Net

The injured girl underwent a surgery in the hospital of Berd town and later discharged, according to Ankakh.com.

“The Azeris fired upon houses, roofs. Now the firing has stopped,” one of Aygepar residents told Razm.info.

According to Nerkin Karmraghbyur’s page on Facebook, the firing ceased at about 5 am Friday. No one was injured; roofs of some houses were damaged.

Earlier, village administration head Manvel Kamendatyan said that the electricity was turned off to avoid ignition.

Meanwhile, Azeri media outlets spread reports alleging that a woman was wounded by Armenians. However, no official comments followed.

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