5 Armenians 1 Azerbaijani killed in combat, Baku says

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Latino Fox News Report that is fully pro Azerbaijan. Published 25 July, 2015.

Five Armenian troops and one Azeri soldier were killed in overnight clashes along the dividing line between Azerbaijan and the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.

Baku denounced more than 100 attacks on its positions in four different sections of the so-called Line of Contact and also a stretch of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

The fighting resulted in the deaths of at least five Armenian troops and one Azerbaijani soldier, the ministry said.

But the Armenian Defense Ministry and authorities in the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh disputed Baku’s report, accused Azerbaijani forces of violating the cease-fire regime in the conflict zone and said no Armenian troops were killed in the skirmishes.

“Shots were fired throughout the night. The enemy suffered casualties and damage. The Armenian side did not,” Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhanisyan wrote on Facebook.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies within Azerbaijan but is populated mainly by ethnic Armenians, goes back to the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the region’s Armenian population sought unification with Armenia, leading to a 1991-1994 war that left more than 25,000 people dead.

Armenian troops and their local allies now occupy the entire enclave and seven adjacent districts and have created a “security buffer” that represents a third of Azerbaijani territory. EFE

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