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Armenian, Azerbaijani Troops Clash On Border

16 June 2004 -- The Armenian military today said one of its officers was killed in a clash with Azerbaijani forces along the country's northeastern frontier.

Army Chief of Staff Mikael Arutunian said clashes in the area east of Idzhevan, an important road and rail center, broke out a week ago when Azerbaijani troops attempted to take a position on a hilltop that would have enabled them to control a source of water running into Armenia.

Arutunian claimed several troops on the Azerbaijani side were killed.

There was no immediate confirmation from Baku.

There have been repeated such incidents in various frontier regions since the signing of a cease-fire in 1994.

At least three Azerbaijanis were reported killed in similar clashes along the frontier last year.