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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Armenians, Azeris Trade Fire




BAKU, Azerbaijan -- At least two people were killed and six injured Monday in a 4 1/2-hour shootout between Armenian and Azeri troops, officials said.


Azerbaijan and Armenia traded accusations over who started the attack, the worst outburst of fighting between the Caucasus neighbors since they signed a cease-fire in 1994.


The Azeri Defense Ministry said that Monday, about 300 Armenian soldiers attacked Azeri positions near the village of Gyzloba with machine guns, Interfax reported. A ministry spokesman said by telephone that Armenian troops had shelled Azeri positions on the western part of the border for 4 1/2 hours.


"There were three mass attacks in which two Azeri soldiers were killed and four were seriously injured," he said.


An Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman said Azeri troops attacked first and two Armenians were injured.


The truce ended a protracted territorial dispute over Nagorny Karabakh, a predominantly Armenian-populated region inside Azerbaijan.