One person killed in armed attack on Azerbaijani embassy in Iran | News


The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said a guard was killed in the attack.

A guard was killed in an armed attack on the Azerbaijani embassy in Tehran, the Iranian capital, the country’s foreign ministry said.

«The attacker broke through the guard post, killing the security chief with a Kalashnikov assault rifle,» he added.

Friday’s attack also injured two people, the ministry added. An investigation has been launched.

Tehran police said they arrested a suspect and are investigating the motive for the attack.

The suspect entered the embassy with two young children and may have been motivated by «personal issues», Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, citing the police chief.

A video shared by Iranian state-run media outlet Press TV on social media showed what appeared to be the gunman entering the embassy and firing shots inside the building, before scuffling with a man trying to stop it.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu condemned the «treacherous attack» on Twitter. “Azerbaijan is never alone,” he said, sending his condolences to the relatives of the victim and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.

Iran, home to millions of ethnic Azerbaijanis, has long accused Baku of fomenting separatist sentiments on its territory.

Relations between Baku and Tehran have traditionally been sour, as Turkic-speaking Azerbaijan is a close ally of Iran’s historic rival Turkey.

Iran is also wary of Azerbaijan’s military cooperation with Israel – a major arms supplier to Baku – saying Tel Aviv could potentially use Azerbaijani territory as a beachhead against Iran.

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