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On January 1, eight residents of Nardaran village have been freed after completing their sentences, village elder Natig Karimov has reported.
According to Karimov, those released had been arrested during the November 26th police operation conducted in Nardaran by intelligence agencies and had been sentenced to 30-day administrative detention.
Background: During a police operation, an armed incident took place between the Shia Muslim community in the Nardaran and police on November 26, 2015. According to official reports, the shootout resulted in six fatalities, including two police officers. Taleh Bagirzade, the leader of the Muslim Union Movement, and several others were detained as part of the operation. A criminal case has been launched and is under investigation by the Prosecutor General’s Office.