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Azerbaijan Says Soldier Killed In Border Clash

23 June 2004 -- Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry today said one of its soldiers has been killed by an Armenian sniper along the tense border that separates the two neighbors.

The ministry said in a statement that 23-year-old Lieutenant Teimur Panakhov was shot yesterday in the Qazakh region of northwest Azerbaijan, near the border with Armenia.

There was no immediate reaction to the statement from the Armenian side.

The area has recently been a hotspot for clashes between the two sides, which are supposed to be observing a cease-fire after fighting each other in a territorial war in the early 1990s.