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Three Artsakh Soldiers Killed, One Seriously Injured, in Landmine Explosion

STEPANAKERT, Artsakh (A.W.)—Three servicemen of the Artsakh Armed Forces—Gegham Zakaryan (b. 1995), Sargis Abrahamyan (b. 1998), and Sargis Melikyan (b. 1997) were killed in a landmine explosion on Tuesday. Serviceman Narek Hoveyan (b. 1998) suffered serious injuries in the same incident and remains in critical condition.

Three servicemen of the Artsakh Armed Forces—Gegham Zakaryan (b. 1995), Sargis Abrahamyan (b. 1998), and Sargis Melikyan (b. 1997) were killed in a landmine explosion on Tuesday (Photo: Armenpress)

The Artsakh Defense Ministry announced in a statement that the explosion took place at around 6:35 p.m. on Nov. 21, at a military unit in the northeastern direction of the line of contact (LoC) between Artsakh and Azerbaijan.

The Ministry also said an investigation has been launched into the incident, and expressed its condolences to the families, loved ones, and fellow servicemen of the deceased soldiers.

Armenia’s Investigation Committee—which said in a statement that the soldiers were blown up by an anti-tank mine while carrying out engineering work—is also investigating the circumstances of the servicemen’s deaths. According to the Committee, a criminal case has been instituted based on a penal code article dealing with “breach of rules for handling weapons, ammunition…that negligently caused the death of two or more persons.” The spokesperson for Armenia’s Defense Ministry, Artsrun Hovannisyan, also confirmed that the case was not a consequence of direct enemy contact.

 

3 Comments on Three Artsakh Soldiers Killed, One Seriously Injured, in Landmine Explosion

  1. Basically all teenagers.

    With the outflow of people from Armenia, the absolutely disgraceful selective abortions due to the unborn’s having an “undesirable” gender, and the low birthrate, where will Armenia’s forces find recruits?

    Why the Diaspora, of course.

    In other words, on the one hand, Armenia’s corrupt leaders (or shall we call them trai***s?) keep the Western Armenian Diaspora at arms length because these leaders are either clueless or don’t want Diasporans finding out the true depths of Armenian authorities’ depravity.

    On the other hand, these same leaders, who have stolen billions from the Armenian people and placed it in bank accounts and mansions in L.A., would like to someday use Diasporan recruits as cannon fodder.

    How long will the Diaspora and its organizations remain virtually silent about treason?

    • Tsar Putin knows the answer! and his followers like “Norserount” will comment very shortly in AW, stay tuned!

    • avatar ArmenianHero // November 23, 2017 at 2:13 am //

      Tone it down there, Dave. This was an isolated incident as the result of what appears to be negligence on behalf of the soldiers. Tragic as this is, it could have been avoided had they been more careful while handling such dangerous equipment.

      My condolences to the families of the deceased. This is sad news indeed.

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