The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 28, 1988 - Page 5
MOSCOW (AP) - Two Com-
munist Party officials in the southern
republic of Azerbaijan have been fired,
and Soviet newspapers charged
yesterday that local authorities and
police are not cooperating with sol-
diers trying to quell ethnic violence.
The military newspaper Red Star
said local officials are not helping
troops trying to keep the clashing
Azerbaijanis and Armenians apart in
the city of Kirovabad. Rallies of up to
500,000 people were reported yester-
day in Baku, the republic's capital.
At least seven people have died and
160 injured in Kirovabad in the'
largest outbreak of violence since
spring between the mainly Christian
Armenians and Moslem Azerbaijanis.
continues in Azerbaijani
The report said three soldiers died
after a bus driver refused to transport
wounded troops to a hospital and local
medical personnel apparently refused
to treat them.
"In the end, military doctors had to
save the wounded," the newspaper
The duty officer at the Azerbaijani
Communist Party headquarters in the
city of Baku denied the charges say-
ing, "The party is in control." The
official refused to give his name.
The republic's ruling party Central
Committee on Saturday fired Ramiz
Bagirly, the first secretary of the
Communist Party in Kirovabad, and
replaced him with Suleiman Maine-
dov, former chief of the Kirovabad
city executive committee, said an
Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry
Musa Mamedov said the first
secretary in the autonomous republic
of Nakhichevan, Nuradin Mastafaev,
also was fired last week after violence
broke out. Mastafaev was replaced by
Geidar Isaev, who had been head of
the Nakhichevan Council of Minis-
ters, Mamodov said.
Ethnic fighting between
Azerbaijanis and Armenians first be-
gan in February and culminated in last
week's massive demonstrations.
The Armenians, who dominate the
Nargorno-Karabakh region of
Azerbaijan, are demanding that the
area be annexed to neighboring
Yesterday, thousands of Armenians
huddled behind a cordon of troops in
Kirovabad, fearing more beatings,
shootings, and firebomb attacks in the
city of of 210,000.
Red Star said soldiers guarding
barricades on the Gyandzhachai River
between the Armenian and Azerbaijani
sections of the city "pushed back the
uncontrolled mob" last week.
A military vehicle was blown up,
and the driver was stoned while he
tried to extinguish the flames, the
newspaper said. One soldier was killed
pushing two of his companions out
of the path of a truck that apparently
was about to run them over, it said.
Shots fired at Yemeni dissident leader
DEARBORN (AP) - Police had
not determined a motive for shots
fired at a leading opponent of the
government of North Yemen, but the
intended victim's nephew called it an
About 10 shots were fired Saturday
night from a passing car at at group
that included North Yemeni op-
position leader Ibrahim Alwazir as
they entered a restaurant, said Hani
Issac, a spokesperson for Alwazir.
Alwazir was unhurt but Naji Isa
was wounded in the left leg, said
Dearborn Police Lt. Ray Wysocki.
Isa, an associate of Alwazir, was
taken to Oakwood Hospital, where he
was in serious but stable condition
Alwazir, an opponent of the mili-
tary government of North Yemen was
on a three-day visit to the Detroit area
from his home in Washington, D.C.,
Issac said. Dearborn is home to many
of the area's large Arab community.
Alwazir and several other people
had gathered for an informal meeting
at the Peacock restaurant, Issac said.
Wysocki said authorities were
looking for two males at the scene of
the shooting at 7:20 p.m., adding
that no motive had been established.
A man who was near the restaurant
before the shooting said a man drove
up to him in a late-model Cadillad
and looked him over closely.
"He said to a man with him, 'He's
not the one,"' James Heckelman said.
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