Armenian Forces Kill Azerbaijani Soldier

Armenian forces killed an Azerbaijani soldier on Saturday in a fresh border clash between foes locked in longstanding conflict over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region, officials in Baku said.

"Lieutenant Bakhyshly Allahverdy, 23, was killed as Armenian forces violated a ceasefire and shelled Azerbaijani army positions on September 27," Azerbaijan's defense ministry said in a statement.

Azerbaijani forces and ethnic-Armenian Karabakh rebels regularly exchange fire across the flashpoint frontier and both sides repeatedly accuse each other of tit-for-tat raids.

Last month saw an unprecedented spiral of violence with more than 20 troops killed from both sides -- the deadliest clashes since a ceasefire was agreed in 1994.

Nagorny Karabakh, a region mostly inhabited by ethnic Armenians, broke away from Azerbaijan with the help of Armenia in a war that claimed some 30,000 lives between 1991 and 1994.

Despite two decades of negotiations, the two sides have yet to sign a peace deal.

Azerbaijan has threatened to take back the disputed region by force if negotiations do not yield results, while Armenia has vowed to retaliate against any military action.

Source: Agence France Presse

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