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More Armenian, Azeri Combat Deaths Reported


Nagorno-Karabakh -- An Armenian soldier on a frontline position east of Karabakh, 14May2010.

Nagorno-Karabakh -- An Armenian soldier on a frontline position east of Karabakh, 14May2010.

At least two soldiers were reported dead on Monday as Nagorno-Karabakh’s military claimed to have repelled an Azerbaijani attack on its frontline positions.

The Karabakh Defense Army said one of its conscripts, Garik Ispirian, was shot and killed in an Azerbaijani ceasefire violation at a section of “the line of contact” east of Karabakh. It gave no other details of the incident.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said, meanwhile, that one Azerbaijani contract soldier died and another was seriously wounded when a military vehicle carrying them hit a landmine in the western Gazakh district bordering Armenia.

Citing unnamed military sources, some Armenian media outlets reported later in the day that Karabakh Armenian forces killed at least 5 enemy soldiers as they thwarted an Azerbaijani commando raid on their frontline positions. “Yes, they made such an attempt but were pushed back,” Davit Babayan, a senior official in Stepanakert, told yerkir.am. He declined to comment further.

The Defense Ministry in Baku dismissed these claims as “disinformation.”

The commando units of both warring sides are believed to mainly comprise contract soldiers.

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