Special Purpose Police Unit (Azerbaijan)

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Special Purpose Police Unit
Active 1990 - March 17, 1995
Disbanded March 17, 1995
Country  Azerbaijan
Allegiance Azerbaijan
Branch Ministry of Internal Affairs
Headquarters Baku
Nickname(s) OPON
Engagements Operation Ring, Nagorno-Karabakh War[citation needed]
General Rovshan Javadov
Commander of Aghdam detachment Allahverdi Bagirov

The Special Purpose Police Unit (Azerbaijani: Xüsusi Təyinatlı Polis Dəstəsi (XTPD); Russian: Отряд милиции особого назначения - initially OMON) or OPON (Otryad Politsii Osobogo Naznacheniya) was a special forces detachment unit within the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan in the early 1990s formed during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. The first body of the unit consisted of 3,000 policemen.[1]

The initial name of OMON was changed to OPON after the Azeri Declaration of Independence. The unit was dissolved by the government after an OPON revolt led by Colonel Rovshan Javadov on March 13, 1995. On March 17, 1995 security forces of Azerbaijan sieged and stormed the OPON headquarters in the outskirts of Baku where Javadov, along with over 50 others, was killed.[2][3]

See also


  1. ^ "Prezident sarayı, 8 iyun 2000-ci il" [Presidential palace, June 8, 2000]. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  2. ^ ""SÜLHƏDDİN ƏKBƏR MƏNƏ QƏZƏBLƏNDİ VƏ DEDİ...."" [Sulhaddin got mad and told me...]. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  3. ^ Babek Bakir (2010-03-17). "Əsas itkilərimiz ağ bayraq qaldırandan sonra baş verdi" [Main losses came after we raised the white flag]. RFE/RL. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 

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