(Corrects location of shooting in para 2)
BAKU, February 11 (RIA Novosti) - The Commander-in-Chief
of the Azerbaijani Air Force, Lt. Gen. Rail Rzayev, was shot
dead on Wednesday, the country's Defense Ministry said.
Preliminary reports indicate that the shooting occurred
outside his home in central Baku early this morning. Rzayev was
taken to a hospital in the Azerbaijani capital, but died soon
afterwards, the day.az website said.
A spokesman for Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Rzayev
died from a "gunshot wound to the head." A criminal
investigation is underway.
Rzayev had been Azerbaijan's Air Force chief since 1992.
He was 64.