Manhunt launched after border guard kills 3 fellow servicemen

An Azerbaijani sergeant killed a lieutenant and two noncommissioned officers before fleeing a border outpost, the nation’s military said

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces have launched a manhunt for a border guard sergeant who killed three military staff members at a border outpost before fleeing the military base on Sunday.

The reasons for the incident remain unclear since the suspect is still on the run, the military said in a statement.

The man, identified by the Azerbaijani border guard as Sergeant Elkhan Avazly, opened fire on his fellow servicemen “for no apparent reason” and killed a first lieutenant and two noncommissioned officers, who were at that time at a border outpost, the military said. The suspect then dropped his weapon and fled.

The Azerbaijani Military Prosecutor’s Office has launched a probe into the incident. According to the military, Avazly chose to remain on duty after completing his compulsory military service.

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