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Azerbaijan/Armenia: Deadly shooting reported near Nagorno-Karabakh

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 9 April 2013
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April 09, 2013

By RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service

A Karabakh Armenian soldier practices sniper fire during a military exercise. (file photo)A Karabakh Armenian soldier practices sniper fire during a military exercise. (file photo)

BAKU – Azerbaijan says one of its army officers has been shot dead near the border of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Defense Ministry officials told RFE/RL on April 9 that Lieutenant Sahriyar Mammadov was killed by Armenian forces based in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The officials said Armenian troops "violated the cease-fire agreement" late on April 8 near the Aqdam district, which is a buffer zone.

There was no immediate response from the Armenian side.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a mostly ethnic-Armenian-populated region inside Azerbaijani territory.

Armenia, which controls Nagorno-Karabakh and several surrounding districts, has been locked in conflict with Azerbaijan for more than two decades over the enclave.

After going to war, a truce was signed in 1994, but there is still sporadic violence.

Years of internationally mediated talks have failed to resolve the conflict.

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