1990 Tbilisi–Agdam bus bombing

The 1990 Tbilisi–Aghdam bus bombing, also known as 1990 Khanlar bus bombing occurred on 10 August 1990, in the vicinity of Khanlar, when an explosive device blew up in a bus 12.5 km away from Azerbaijan's second largest city, Ganja.[1][2][3]

1990 Tbilisi–Aghdam bus bombing
LocationKhanlar, Azerbaijan, Soviet Union
DateAugust 10, 1990 (UTC+4)
Attack type
WeaponsImprovised explosive device (IED)
No. of participants
Khanlar is located in Azerbaijan
A map of Azerbaijan showing Khanlar's location.


The bus with 60 passengers on board was travelling from the Georgian capital of Tbilisi to the Azerbaijani town of Aghdam.[4][5] Fatalities reports range from 15[4] to 20.[6] The number of the wounded with various degrees of injuries range from 16 to 30.[4][6]


The bombing was allegedly carried out by two ethnic Armenians. Azerbaijan alleged that they were operatives of the possibly non-existent militant organization Vrezh. The organization's debut was the bombing of a Tbilisi-Baku bus on 16 September 1989, leaving 5 civilians dead and 27 injured.[2]

The two men were Armen Mikhailovich Avanesyan and Mikhail Mikhailovich Tatevosov (Tatevosyan). Azerbaijani security forces claimed to have arrested them before their next plot on the same Aghdam–Tbilisi route, planned for 17 June 1991 was realized.[6][7]

The Supreme Court of Azerbaijan charged and found them guilty in May 1992, sentencing Avanesyan and Tatevosyan to death and 15 years of imprisonment, respectively.[7] Tatevosov was later exchanged for an Azerbaijani hostage in Tartar District of Azerbaijan in May 1992.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Azerbaijan bus blast kills at least 17". Chicago Tribune. 1990-08-11.
  2. ^ a b van der Leeuw, Charles (1998). Azerbaijan: a quest for identity : a short history. United Kingdom: St. Martin's Press. p. 160. ISBN 0-312-21903-2. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  3. ^ Keesing's record of world events. Vol. 36. United States: Longman. 1990. p. 102.
  4. ^ a b c "Bomb Rips Bus, Kills 15 in Azerbaijan". Los Angeles Times. 1990-08-11. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  5. ^ "Bus In Soviet Azerbaijan Bombed, With 15 Killed". Orlando Sentinel. 1990-08-11. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  6. ^ a b c d "С момента взрыва бомбы на станции метро в Баку минуло 15 лет" [It's been 15 years since the blast in Baku metro station]. Vesti. 2009-07-03. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  7. ^ a b "Armenian terrorism". Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2011-09-30.

Coordinates: 40°35′13″N 46°18′57″E / 40.586944°N 46.315833°E / 40.586944; 46.315833