A 22-year-old student from Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) has been kidnapped by Azeri border guards in the illegal checkpoint in Lachin Corridor while traveling to Armenia with a Russian peacekeeping escort, the Artsakh InfoCenter said.
The official Artsakh InfoCenter identified the kidnapping victim as Alen N. Sargsyan (born 2001). He was traveling to Armenia to continue his education in Yerevan.
The motive behind the kidnapping is unclear.
“Azerbaijan continues its genocidal policy against the people of Artsakh, once again violating the norms of international humanitarian law. Details on the incident will be reported later,” the Artsakh InfoCenter said in a statement.
This is the second kidnapping incident of civilians by the Azeri border guards in their illegal checkpoint in Lachin Corridor.
On July 29, an elderly patient was kidnapped during his medical evacuation facilitated by the ICRC.
Tigran Petrosyan, the Head of the Anti-Crisis Council under the Artsakh Presidency, said that another student is now detained in interrogation.
“An hour ago, the Azerbaijanis seized a 22-year-old student from the Russians in the checkpoint. And now one was taken away and another one is being interrogated,” Petrosyan said.
He called on residents of Nagorno-Karabakh to gather in the Stepanakert plaza for a demonstration. “This is no time for silence. If we remain silent, they will come and take us all.”
Meanwhile, Azeri news media reported that three Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh were arrested on Monday at the illegal Azerbaijani checkpoint in Lachin Corridor.