1994 Bagratashen bombing

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1994 Bagratashen bombing
Part of Nagorno-Karabakh War
Location of Bagratashen (red dot)
Location Bagratashen, Armenia
Date September 4, 1994 (1994-09-04)
1:00 p.m.[1] (UTC+04:00)
Target Armenians
Attack type
Suicide bombing
Weapons Briefcase bomb[2]
Deaths 14 (including the two perpetrators)[2][3]
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Imran Huseinov[4]
Turkmen Jafarov[4]

A bombing occurred in Bagratashen village market in northern Armenia on September 4, 1994[1][4] in which 14 people were killed (including the two perpetrators) and 46 were injured,[2][3] although initial reports talked about 10 deaths and 26 injuries.[4][5][6][7]

Bagratashen is a relatively large village in Armenia's Tavush province, on the Armenian-Georgian border, not far from Azerbaijan. Sadakhlo, a large Azerbaijani populated village of 10,000, is located on the Georgian side of the border. During the 1990s, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the area was "a center of mafia gangs dealing particularly in black-market fuel" because Armenia was under embargo from Azerbaijan, while the Armenian-Turkish border was closed since 1993 due to the conflict with Azerbaijan.[2] Armenia and Azerbaijan were involved in a bloody conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh War.

The bombing was perpetrated by Imran Huseinov of Baku and Turkmen Jafarov of Bula village in Marneuli district in Georgia. Both ethnic Azerbaijanis.[4]

According to the local officials, the "explosive device had been planted in a briefcase." The explosion included a wide area.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Bomb In Armenia Kills 10, May Be Tied To Border War". Orlando Sentinel. 5 September 1994. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Bomb in Armenia Kills 14, Hurts 46". Los Angeles Times. 6 September 1994. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Armenian Assembly of America Office of Research and Analysis, Monthly Digest of News from Armenia, Volume 2, Issues 7-11, p. 6 "A bomb exploded on September 4 in the market of the village of Bagratashen in the Noyemberian region of Armenia. 14 people died, 46 were injured."
  4. ^ a b c d e Charalampidis, Ioannis (2013). Sponsored To Kill: Mercenaries and Terrorist Networks in Azerbaijan (PDF). Moscow: “MIA” Publishers. p. 17. ISBN 978-5-9986-0115-6. 
  5. ^ World briefs, Houston Chronicle, September 5, 1994: 24
  6. ^ Bomb explosion in Armenia kills 10, The Buffalo News, September 5, 1994: A3
  7. ^ Bomb blast kills 10, injures 26 in Armenian shopping market, Austin American-Statesman, September 5, 1994: A21