Wednesday, 17th October , 2007 , 12:54 [pm] | Azerbaijan
Three detained during operation to search Arab-origin suspect in Azerbaijani city Sumgayit
Azerbaijanâ€™s National Security Ministry and Sumgayit police detained three men renting a house in Sumgayit. Sources in law-enforcement bodies told APA that two of the detainees were accused of resisting the police and sentenced to 15 days.
Sumgayit resident Rafael Rahimov faced charges under article 228 (illegal bearing of firearms) of the criminal code and was arrested. He is now held in National Security Ministryâ€™s detention place.
According to the source an Arab-origin man, who is suspected of preparing terrorist act in Azerbaijan, is still being searched. It is not known whether he is in Azerbaijan or not. According to the information, a group of wahhabists rented a house in Sumgayit. Sumgayit resident Rafael Rahimov also lived along with them. The Arab-origin man, who is now wanted, came to visit them.
There was a skirmish between the police and wahhabists during the operations. Explosive was found while searching the house.
The source reports that the operation carried out in Gusar on September 26 was also connected with this.
National Security Ministryâ€™s Gusar branch and the region police carried out the operation in order to detain 31-year old Gusar resident Telman Abdullayev.
Telman Abdullayev fired on inspector of Gusar region police office Galib Guliyev and district police officer Murad Malikov. Guliyev died.
Telman Abdullayev, who is said to be wahhabist, has not been arrested yet.
On September 30, National Security Ministryâ€™s Khachmaz branch searched the houses of wahhabists in Khudat â€“ former imam of Khudat Nadir Khosrovoglu, activist of Azerbaijan National Independence Party Shaban Eyvazov and Karabakh veteran Vagif Talibov. A lot of religious literature, one rifle, one dagger and other things were found. Shaban Eyvazov and Vagif Talibov were taken to the police, but later released.apa, Voice of a Nation