Garadaghli massacre anniversary commemorated in Azerbaijani district
- 17 February 2017
An event held on Friday in Azerbaijan’s Beylagan district to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the occupation of the Khojavand district’s Garadaghli village by Armenian armed forces.
Khojavand residents, temporarily settled in Beylagan district, visited the monument erected to honor the victims of the Garadaghli massacre, APA’s Karabakh bureau reported.
Representatives of the public, soldiers and officers of a military unit in Beylegan attended the event organized by the district executive authority.
Armenia’s armed units, backed by the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops, stationed in Khankendi, launched an attack on the Azerbaijani village of Garadaghli on February 15, 1992. After two-day fierce battles, Armenian occupied the village on February 17.
The village underwent completely destruction during the occupation, innocent unarmed people, including women and children, were murdered, tortured and taken hostages. Nearly 80 of 117 villagers taken hostage were killed, 6 went missing. According to eyewitnesses, 9 people were taken hostage.
Some witnesses said the Armenians shot 43 Azerbaijani hostages to death in an area 2 km away from Khankendi, and some were decapitated.
The village of Garadaghli is still under occupation.