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Five Azerbaijani Soldiers Reported Killed In Clashes With Alleged Armenian Gunmen

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry says five Azerbaijani soldiers have been killed in shoot-outs with armed men who tried to infiltrate Azerbaijan from neighboring Armenia.

Azerbaijani defense officials described the alleged infiltrators as Armenian saboteurs, and said they tried to break into Azerbaijan’s Qazah district bordering Armenia.

The statement by Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry came a day after Armenian authorities made a similar statement saying that three Armenian soldiers were killed in shoot-out with a group described as “Azerbaijani saboteurs.”

On June 4, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is currently on a tour of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, said in Yerevan that tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, the separatist Armenian-populated territory inside Azerbaijan, could escalate into a much broader conflict.

Clinton called for renewed measures toward a settlement.

Based on reporting by Interfax and Trend

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