Incident Summary:

07/03/2018: An assailant opened fire on Elmar Veliyev, the mayor of Ganca, in front of his office in Ganja, Ganja-Qazakh, Azerbaijan. Veliyev was wounded in the attack. An individual, identified as Yunis Safarov, claimed responsibility for the incident in a video "urging people in Azerbaijan to start an armed struggle against officials and 'kill enemies of Islam.'" Sources also posited that Safarov carried out the attack in order to "establish an Islamic state in Azerbaijan."




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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Ganja
Specific Description Mayor: Elmar Veliyev
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
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
Additional Information The victims included the bodyguard of Veliyev, Ganja City Police Department employee Gasim Ashbazov.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Azerbaijan’s law enforcement authorities issue joint statement on armed attack on Ganja city mayor," Azeri-Press Information Agency, July 6, 2018.
"Terrorism Digest: 6-7 July 2018," BBC Monitoring, July 7, 2018.
"Baku calls assault on mayor 'terror attack'," BBC Monitoring, July 6, 2018.