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Baku, Nagorno-Karabakh Claim 'Enemy' Casualties

  • RFE/RL

Azerbaijan and the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh have claimed "casualties among enemy armed forces" during the latest flare-up in violence.

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry stated on August 24 that five Armenian soldiers had been killed and eight wounded along the contact line, adding that three Azerbaijani soldiers were injured as the result of "the attempted saboteur action by Armenian forces" on August 22.

Meanwhile, the de facto Defense Ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh said on August 24 that Azerbaijani forces had shelled the breakaway region's positions over the weekend, adding that four Azerbaijani soldiers were killed and more than 15 were injured.

There was no independent confirmation of any of the reported casualties.

Baku and Yerevan have been locked in a conflict over Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh for a quarter-century.

Armenia-backed separatists seized the mainly ethnic Armenian-populated region during a war in the early 1990s that killed some 30,000 people.

International diplomatic efforts to settle the conflict have brought little progress.