Armenian Soldier Killed On Azeri Border

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–An Armenian army soldier was shot dead late on Monday in what the Defense Ministry in Yerevan called an Azeri cease-fire violation registered in a tense section of the Armenian-Azeri border. A ministry spokesman’said Junior Sergeant Ruben Tamrazian, 39, was killed by an Azeri sniper near the northern Armenian town of Ijevan. "An investigation is underway," Colonel Seyran Shahsuvarian said in a brief statement on Tuesday. The area close to eastern Georgia has seen regular skirmishes this year between Armenian and Azeri troops deployed on either side of the heavily militarized frontier. Each side has reported casualties and accused the other of breaching the truce. Another Armenian soldier was fatally shot in the chest in the same area and under similar circumstances in late September. There was no immediate reaction to the latest reported incident from Azerbaijan. The Azeri military said instead that its forces positioned northeast of Nagorno-Karabakh came under Armenian fire but suffered no casualties on Monday.

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