One of the most
horrible tragedies, which Azerbaijan experienced in the 20th century,
is the genocide in Khojali. It is like the genocides committed in
Khatyn, Lidisia, Oradur reflected in the history of mankind.
In the early hours of
February 26, the armed forces of Armenia, the armed Armenian militants
of the Nagorno-Karabakh, and Motor-Infantry Battalion 366 of the former
Soviet Union dislocated between Askaran and Khankendi (Stepanakert)
occupied the town and committed genocide against the Azerbaijanis.
The night, in which the
Armenians committed the genocide in Khojali, 613 peaceful residents
were murdered with a special cruelty, torture, beheaded, and blinded.
Pregnant women were bayoneted; among them were 63 children, 106 women
and 70 old men.
The genocide was committed
with the participation of Motor-Infantry Regiment No. 366 commanded by
Major Seyran Mushegovich Oganyan (at present he is the “defense
minister” of the illegal Nagorno-Karabakh regime), companies and
platoons of the same battalion commanded by Eugenie Nabokikhin, chief
of headquarters of the first battalion Valeri Isayevich Chitchyan and
over 50 officers and senior personnel of the Armenian nationality
(“Materials of Investigation on the genocide in Khojali”).
A part of the population
trying to escape the violence encountered ambushes on the way out of
the town and was murdered. According to the materials of the Russian
legal-protection “Memorial” centre, 200 Azerbaijani corpses were
brought from Khojali to Agdam within four days, and it was discovered
that they were subjected to abuses, torture and mutilation. 181 corpses
(130 men, 51 women and 13 children) were examined by court-medical
experts who determined that 151 of them were shot, 20 of them died of
wounds due to the fragmentation of shells and 10 of them were beaten to
death by blunt tools. There are facts evidencing that the skulls of
live men were flayed.
What the witnesses of the Khojali genocide said in the investigation:
The chests of the murdered
Azerbaijani children were torn, their hearts splintered, and most of
the corpses were cut to pieces.
Jamal Abdulhusein oglu
Heydarov – “There were the mutilated, disfigured corpses of a great
number of Azerbaijanis 2 km away from the farm near a place called
Garagaya, the chests and hearts of the murdered children were torn, the
majority of bodies were cut to pieces.”
Shahin Zulfugar oglu
Heydarov – “There were 80 corpses near the village of Nakhchivanik
(near Khojali); they were mutilated, disfigured, and beheaded. Militia
Major Alif Hajiyev, his close relatives Fakhraddin Salimov, Mikail
Salimov were among them.”
Jalil Humbatali oglu
Humbatov – “The Armenians shot my wife Firuza, my son Mugan, my
daughter Simuzer, my daughter-in-law Sudaba were in my presence”.
Kubra Adil qizi Pashayeva -
“When we entered the forest of Ketik, we found ourselves under siege by
the Armenians. I saw from the bushes how they shot my husband Shura
Tapdig oglu Pashayev my son Elshad Shura oglu Pashayev.”
Khazangul Tavakkul qizi
Amirova – “My family was wholly taken hostage by the armed Armenians
when Khojali was occupied. They shot and killed my mother Raya, my
seven-years old sister Yegana, and my aunt Goycha. They poured petrol
on my father Tavakkul and set him on fire.”
Zoya Ali gizi Aliyeva – “We
hid in the forest for 3 days; we were 150 people. Ahmadova Dunya and
her sister Gulkhar froze and died”.
Kubra Alish gizi Mustafayeva – “As the Armenians took us hostages, they shot 6 people in front of me.”
Saida Gurban gizi Karimova –
“12 of us were taken hostages. The Armenians murdered my daughter
Nazakat. Then Tapdig, Saadat and Irada were tortured to death.”
Ali Agamali oglu Najafov – “The Armenians surrounded the escaping people and shot 30-40 people right there.”