A spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry told the Trend news agency that the 25-year-old soldier, Zamin Mammadov, was shot dead on Tuesday at a frontline section in the Aghdam district east of the disputed territory, which is mostly controlled by Karabakh Armenian forces.
The official, Teymur Abdullayev, accused the Armenian side of violating the ceasefire regime in that area. Another Azerbaijani serviceman was reportedly shot dead just northeast of Karabakh on January 17.
Military authorities in Stepanakert and Yerevan did not immediately react to the report. They blame the Azerbaijani army for such incidents reported from the conflict zone on a regular basis.
Nagorno-Karabakh’s ethnic Armenian Defense Army said on Saturday that there has been an “unprecedented” increase in Azerbaijani gunfire at its frontline positions. A Karabakh Armenian soldier was killed last Thursday in what it described as an “intensive shootout.”
Deadly skirmishes along the line of contact appear to have become more frequent over the past year amid a lack of decisive progress in Armenian-Azerbaijani peace talks and Baku’s regular threats to solve the conflict by force.