Published On: Sat, Mar 31st, 2018

A Drive-by Shooting In France Kills An Azerbaijani Woman, Wounds Husband

On 30 March, a drive-by shooting shot dead an Azerbaijani wife living in France, while her husband seriously injured close to the southern city of Toulouse, one of the police officials told.


The 39-year-old Rahim Namazov is a father of three children was undergoing fighting for his life in a hospital just after the sudden drive-by shooting made him seriously wounded from behind.

Although his wife died as a bullet hit in the head in front of their residence the Toulouse suburb of Colomiers.

A 15-year-old boy of their three children, was inside the house at what time the shooters attacked his parents launching gunfire, told local authorities, added saying a local trauma group was keeping eyes on couple for days.

In 2010, Namazov moved France saying good bye to Azerbaijan and applied for refuge, declaring himself a journalist who had been detained and facing death threats in the repressive Caucasus country, but the government did not grant them safe haven.

The local Toulouse Association of Journalists quoted that they couldn’t confirm so far he was a journalist when he moved France in 2010 as no data was found. On other hand.

The Press Council of Azerbaijan has also confirmed on 30 March, no journalist was found in country named Rahim Namazov.

The media supervisory body faction was taking interest into Namazov’s case, told Johan Bihr of Reporters Without Borders on Friday, even indicated to comments come from respected Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova who also showed confusions on his claim to be a member of the press.

Ismayilova is a former contributor to RFE/RL, who shared his point of view via Facebook account, motioned Namazov had tried to make believe as he is a journalist to achieve safe haven in France and had recently noticed as a mafia boss on the internet.

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