Azer­bai­jani troops die in re­gional clash

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOS­COW — Sev­eral Azer­bai­jani sol­diers were killed dur­ing fight­ing in the dis­puted Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion, Azer­bai­jan said Satur­day as it and neigh­bor­ing Ar­me­nia traded blame for an out­break of vi­o­lence.

The clashes were some of the heav­i­est in the re­gion since fight­ing last year killed about 75 sol­diers from both sides.

Azer­bai­jan’s De­fense Min­istry said in a state­ment Satur­day that its forces had “suf­fered losses” when its po­si­tions were at­tacked by Ar­me­nian troops early Satur­day. It did not give a pre­cise num­ber for those killed or wounded.

The Nagorno-Karabakh De­fense Min­istry said in a state­ment, also re­leased Satur­day, that Ar­me­nian forces did not suf­fer any ca­su­al­ties and that Azer­bai­jani sol­diers were killed when they launched an at­tack.

Both sides claimed they in­flicted losses on the other. Nagorno-Karabakh is in Azer­bai­jan, but since a sep­a­ratist war ended in 1994 it has been un­der the con­trol of lo­cal eth­nic Ar­me­nian forces and the Ar­me­nian mil­i­tary. Ar­me­nian forces also oc­cupy sev­eral ar­eas out­side the Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion.

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