The crimes committed in Azerbaijan’s Ganja city on July 3 and 10 are crimes against statehood, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
The president made the remarks addressing a meeting of heads of the country’s law enforcement bodies on Friday, APA reports.
The head of state recalled that two officers were martyred and Ganja’s mayor was wounded during the incidents.
President Aliyev stressed that this group of criminals wants to disrupt the stability in Azerbaijan.
“These terrorist acts were committed with the aim of intimidating society. These terrorist acts were perpetrated under the cover of religious slogans, which in itself is the biggest crime against Islam,” he said.
“Islam is the religion of peace and mercy. Azerbaijan is one of the countries that promotes Islamic culture in the world. Last year was declared a “Year of Islamic Solidarity” in Azerbaijan,” the head of state added.
The president noted that historical and religious monuments in the country are being restored at the expense of the state.
He stressed that those who committed crimes in Ganja are not Muslims.
“These crimes will not remain unanswered. Criminals and their supporters will fail to achieve their insidious goals. The people of Azerbaijan unequivocally condemned these bloody crimes and expressed hatred for its perpetrators,” President Aliyev said.
The head of state noted that the Azerbaijani state performs its duties with dignity.
“The criminal gang was rendered harmless. All participants in these crimes will be brought to justice. Law enforcement agencies were instructed to fulfill this task,” he added.