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Azerbaijan accuses Iran of ‘terrorist’ attack on its embassy in Tehran


Baku accused Tehran on Friday, January 27, of being responsible for the attack that killed one person at the Azerbaijani embassy in the Iranian capital. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev called the attack a “terrorist”.

“All responsibility for the attack rests with Iran”spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, Ayxan Hacizada, told local media, saying that a recent anti-Azerbaijani campaign in the Iranian press has “encouraged the attack”. Embassy staff are “being evacuated from Iran”he then explained to the Turkish television channel TRT Haber.

A man was arrested in Tehran on Friday after killing a person in the Azerbaijani embassy, ​​​​Iranian police said, which, according to the first elements of the investigation, evokes personal motives. Earlier, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry communicated about an armed attack on the embassy that caused “one dead and two injured”.

Delicate relationships

“The assailant has been arrested”General Hossein Rahimi, Tehran’s police chief, told the Iranian news agency Tasnim. “This person entered the embassy with his two young children. (…) During the preliminary investigation, the attacker cited personal and family problems as a motive.he specified.

Later, General Rahimi claimed on television that the assailant was an Iranian man married to an Azerbaijani woman. “He claims his wife has been held at the embassy for nine months”he said, without further details. “A national of Azerbaijan was killed in the attack who appears to be an embassy staff member and, according to colleagues, the first secretary of the embassy”he added.

In a statement, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry wrote earlier that a “man armed with a Kalashnikov” had killed “the head of the guard of the diplomatic mission”. Two other embassy guards were injured and are in a “satisfactory condition”according to the same source.

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Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani strongly condemned the attack in a statement. Russian diplomacy has declared itself “shocked” by this attack. “We express our condolences and support to our Azerbaijani colleagues”Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Telegram.

Iran, home to millions of Azeris, an ethnic group living mainly in Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia, has long accused its neighbor of stoking separatist sentiment in its territory. Relations between Baku and Tehran are traditionally delicate, Azerbaijan, Turkish-speaking, being a close ally of Turkey, historical rival of Iran. Tehran also fears that Azerbaijani territory will be used for a possible offensive against Iran by Israel, the main arms supplier to Baku.

The World with AFP