Incident Summary:

02/11/2009: On Wednesday morning, the chief of the Azerbaijan Air Force, General Rail Rzayev, was shot and killed while on his way to work. General Rzayev was shot in the head when his driver stopped to throw out garbage, approximatley 150 meters from the victim's home. The shooter and weapon type are unknown and no group has claimed responsibility for this attack.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack occured approximatley 150 meters from the victim's home in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity General Rail Rzayev
Specific Description The Chief of the Azerbaijan Air Force
Nationality of Target Azerbaijan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An unknown firearm was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Agence France Presse, "Head of Azerbaijani Air Force Shot Dead: Police," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, February 11, 2009.
Itar Tass News Agency, "Azerbaijan Air Force Chief Assassinated," World News Connection, Itar Tass News Agency, February 11, 2009.