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Deadly Skirmishes Continue In Karabakh


Nagorno-Karabakh -- Armenian soldiers stand next to a cannon at artillery positions near the Nagorno-Karabakh town of Martuni, April 7, 2016

Nagorno-Karabakh -- Armenian soldiers stand next to a cannon at artillery positions near the Nagorno-Karabakh town of Martuni, April 7, 2016

Nagorno-Karabakh’s army accused Azerbaijani forces on Friday morning of continuing to violate the ceasefire along the Armenian-Azerbaijani “line of contact” overnight, saying that at least one Armenian soldier was killed as a result.

In a statement, the Defense Army said the 32-year-old soldier, Hrach Muradian, died near the northern Karabakh village of Talish, one of the epicenters of heavy fighting that broke out a week ago.

It said another Armenian soldier, Gevorg Mghdesian, was fatally wounded at a nearby section of the frontline “in still unclear circumstances.” “An investigation is being conducted to establish details of the incident,” added the statement.

According to the Karabakh Armenian army, the Azerbaijani side breached the Russian-brokered truce with small arms and mortars.

Armenia’s Defense Ministry said, for its part, that on the night from Thursday to Friday the Azerbaijani army fired rocket-propelled grenades and mortar shells at three Armenian villages close to the Azerbaijani border. “Fortunately, there were no casualties,” read a ministry statement.

The Azerbaijani military said the Armenians violated the cease-fire 110 times in the last 24 hours.

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