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Armenia, Azerbaijan Trade Accusations Over Deadly Border Fighting


YEREVAN/BAKU -- Azerbaijan and Armenia have accused each other of violating the fragile cease-fire along their border.

The State Border Service of Azerbaijan said on February 24 that one Azerbaijani soldier was killed by Armenian fire in the Gazakh district.

A spokesman for the Armenian Defense Ministry said that one Armenian serviceman was slightly wounded in the fighting.

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

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

Diplomatic efforts to settle the conflict have brought little progress.

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