Skirmish Reported in Karabagh

STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources)–Mountainous Karabagh Republic’s (MKR) Defense Ministry reported late Tuesday that a group of Azeri soldiers attempted to cross the frontline near the Armenian-controlled village of Seysulan on a "reconnaissance and sabotage" mission before being repelled by Armenian forces.

"The enemy had to retreat as a result of a gunfight," said a ministry statement. "The Karabagh side suffered no losses."

The MKR military charged that the skirmish was part of Azerbaijan’s efforts to "destabilize the situation" along the line of contact north and east of Karabagh and move its troops closer to Armenian positions. "Any action by the Azerbaijani side threatening the security of Mountainous Karabagh and aimed at destabilizing the situation in the Azerbaijani-Karabagh conflict zone will be resolutely thwarted," it warned. Karabagh troops suffered no casualties.

The Azeri side confirmed the firefight but said it was the Karabagh Armenia’s who provoked it by firing on Azeri positions.

"The enemy was silenced by Azerbaijani gunfire," the Azerbaijani ANS television said–according to BBC. "Several enemy soldiers were killed in the attack. Four wounded Azerbaijani soldiers have been hospitalized."

An ANS correspondent at the scene reported that sporadic gunfire could still be heard in the area on Tuesday.

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