Thursday 29 September 2016

Three killed in fighting with separatist region, says Azerbaijan

Published 04/04/2016 | 16:56

The remains of a downed helicopter following heavy fighting in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region over the weekend (AP)
The remains of a downed helicopter following heavy fighting in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region over the weekend (AP)

Three of Azerbaijan's troops have been killed in the past 24 hours in fighting with the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the defence ministry said.

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Vagif Dargyakhly, the ministry's spokesman, said the rebels were shelling Azerbaijian's positions and front-line villages despite a ceasefire his government unilaterally announced.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces and the Armenian military since a war ended in 1994 with no resolution of the region's status.

Fighting flared up there over the weekend with a boy and at least 30 troops killed on both sides on Saturday, the worst fighting since the end of a full-scale war in 1994.

On Sunday, Azerbaijan said it had unilaterally ceased fire but the rebels in Nagorno-Karabakh said their positions were still under attack.

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