02/04/2016 18:43

Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: Heights surrounding Talish village fully cleared of enemy forces

On the night of April 1 to 2 and during the day, Azerbaijani positions and residential areas came under intensive fire from enemy positions. As a result, civilians are reported to have been killed and wounded, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry’s press service said AzeriDefence.

To prevent these provocations and ensure security of civilians, the command of the Armed Forces have made the decision to carry out retaliatory actions in the directions of Aghdere-Terter-Aghdam and Khojavand-Fuzuli.

“In a quick counter action, the Armenians’ first defense line, which they have been fortifying for years in terms of combat engineering, has been broken through in several directions of the front line. A few heights and settlements of strategic importance have been fully cleared of enemy forces.

Heights around the Talish village, capable of posing a threat to Goranboy district and Naftalan city as well as the Seysulan settlement have been completely cleared of enemy forces,” said the statement.

According to the statement, Azerbaijani armed forces, in order to protect Horadiz city from the enemy, have also taken control of the strategic Lele tepe height, which is located in the Fuzuli district direction and overlooks a vast area.

“Necessary actions are underway to strengthen those heights and the new defense line, new trenches are being dug, and the positions are being fortified,” said the statement.

“During the fighting, 6 tanks, up to 15 pieces of artillery equipment and fortified engineering installations of Armenian armed forces were destroyed. More than a hundred Armenian military servicemen were killed and wounded. 12 Azerbaijani soldiers were martyred fighting the enemy. While carrying out strikes on Armenian positions, a MIG-24 helicopter was downed by the enemy and a tank was destroyed in a landmine blast. The Defense Ministry extends condolences to the families and close ones of the soldiers martyred in the fight against the enemy. The Defense Ministry praised the combat skills, military experience, and fighting spirit of the military personnel participating in the fights. The Defense Ministry says that in case of a repeated violation of the ceasefire regime by the Armenian side, heavier and more crushing blows will be inflicted on the enemy,” the ministry’s statement said.