Azerbaijan brings back its Gazakh district resident taken hostage by Armenia

Azerbaijan brings back its Gazakh district resident taken hostage by Armenia

A resident of Azerbaijan’s Gazakh district, who was taken hostage by the Armenian side, has been returned, Azerbaijan State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons said in a statement.

In accordance with the relevant order by Azerbaijani President, thanks to an agreement reached as a result of negotiations held by the state commission through mediation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, a citizen of Azerbaijan, a resident of the Yukhari Salahli village of Gazakh district Elvin Ibrahimov (1986), taken hostage by Armenian soldiers March 16, 2019, and Armenian citizen Zaven Karapetyan (1974), detained on the territory of the Gazakh district June 20, 2017, were handed over to the relevant parties on June 28, 2019.

The hostage exchange was organized by the Azerbaijan State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons and the State Border Service through the mediation of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Since during the hostage taking, Elvin Ibrahimov was wounded in the leg as a result of the shooting of Armenian soldiers, and because he underwent several operations while being held hostage, he was urgently taken to a hospital.

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