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The Armenian armed forces have launched a missile attack against Mingachevir city in central Azerbaijan, known for its largest hydroelectric power and water reservoir.
“Proof of Armenia’s deliberate and targeted attack against critical civilian infrastructure of Azerbaijan. The missile landed in close proximity to the energy block in Mingachevir. But did not explode,” Hikmet Hajiyev, Assistant of the Azerbaijani president and Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration tweeted on the evening of October 4.
In another tweet, Hajiyev said that “no serious damage to infrastructure. But civilians wounded. Armenia’s state terror and environmental terror continues”.
Earlier, Armenia’s Defense Ministry has not ruled out the use of Iskander missile complexes against Azerbaijan as clashes between the two countries’ rage on along the front zone in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia. In addition, Armenia’s Ambassador to Russia Vardan Toghanyan told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that in case of some circumstances “all measures will be taken, including the use of Iskander. That is, the Armenian armed forces will have to use all military arsenal”.
During the fatal clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in July 2020, Armenia’s military threatened to hit Mingachevir which is the fourth-largest city in Azerbaijan with a population of about 104,500. The district is located 323 km from Bakuand 17 km from the Baku-Tbilisi railway. Geographically, the region is located in the center of the republic on both sides of the Kura River.
The Mingachevir hydroelectric station could conceivably provide up to 30% of Azerbaijan’s electricity requirements. Currently, hydropower, dominated by large-scale dams, provides 11.4% of Azerbaijan’s electricity.
On October 4, the Armenian forces also began to launch intensive missile attacks against Azerbaijan’s second-largest Ganja, Barda, Tartar and Beylagan. Separately, they also hit the Khizi-Absheron region near Azerbaijan’s capital Baku with mid-range missiles.
Today, the Armenian forces shelled the central market of Ganja, as well as the residential areas in the eastern and northeastern districts of Aghjabadi, Fuzuli, Goranboy, Tovuz and Goygol, according to the Azerbaijani defense ministry.
As a result of Armenians’ shelling residential settlements from September 27 until now, 25 civilians have been killed, 127 injured in Azerbaijan, according to the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office. Furthermore, 56 civilian facilities and 313 houses have been seriously damaged.
“19 criminal cases have been launched in the relevant district prosecutor’s offices over crimes committed against Azerbaijan by Armenia from September 27, the head of the press service of Prosecutor General’s Office Gunay Salimzade said on October 5.
On October 5, military sources told the Baku-based APA news agency that “most of the PKK [Kurdistan Worker Party] militants fighting on the Armenian side have been destroyed, the rest began to operate as a provocative group jointly with local servicemen of Armenia in Sugovushan [formerly Madagiz]”.
It was decided to bring 500 mercenaries gathered in Syria to Armenia on the night of October 4-5 and send them to guerrilla fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, the report added.
On October 3, the Turkish bureau of the US news channel CNN Turk published footage that alleged the PKK were fighting alongside the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) and the Armenian Army in ongoing battles in Karabakh.
Earlier, Anadolu Agency cited unnamed sources saying that “Armenia has brought some 300 YPG/PKK terrorists from Middle Eastern countries to the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region to train Armenian militias”. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Azerbaijan, Turkey, the US, and the EU with the YPG is the terror group’s Syrian offshoot.
“Armenia has always embraced the PKK”, retired Turkish ambassador Uluch Ozulker told CNN Türk, adding that “it would not be a surprise that PKK was brought there over Iran”.
As Armenia became independent in 1991, it started to attract mercenaries who had their training at the ASALA camps in the Middle East, many of whom participated in the acts of terror and served prison terms for that. “The most famous of them, Monte Melkonyan from California, who was among the organizers of the Orly [Airport in France] attack [in 1983], is now a much-revered national hero in Armenia,” according to the Baku-based Topchubashov center.