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Karabakh Denies Deadly Clash With Azeri Forces


Armenia -- Karabakh Armenian soldiers parade in Stepanakert, undated

Armenia -- Karabakh Armenian soldiers parade in Stepanakert, undated

The Nagorno-Karabakh military flatly denied on Thursday Azerbaijani media reports saying that five of its soldiers were killed and three others wounded in a skirmish with Azerbaijani forces.

Azerbaijani news agencies claimed that Armenian forces suffered the casualties after they went on offensive in the Aghdam district east of Karabakh mostly occupied by them during the 1991-1994 war with Azerbaijan. They said one Azerbaijani soldier was also injured in the clash. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry to comment.

Karabakh’s Defense Ministry was quick to deny the reports. A ministry statement described them as “yet another piece of disinformation spread by Baku’s propaganda machine.”

AFP news agency quoted ministry spokesman Senor Hasratian as saying that Azerbaijani forces fired on Armenian positions overnight but that there were no casualties. "This is complete disinformation from the Azerbaijanis," he said.

Armenian-Azerbaijani skirmishes remain a regular occurrence more than 15 years a Russian-mediated truce stopped the bloody war in Karabakh. Dozens of soldiers on both sides are reportedly killed in such incidents every year.
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