Karabakh Denies Deadly Clash With Azeri Forces

0910karabakhforcesYEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The Nagorno-Karabakh military flatly denied on Thursday Azeri media reports saying that five of its soldiers were killed and three others wounded in a skirmish with Azerbaijani forces.

Azeri news agencies claimed that Armenian forces suffered the casualties after they went on offensive in the Aghdam district east of Karabakh. They said one Azeri soldier was also injured in the clash. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry is yet to comment.

Karabakh’s Defense Ministry was quick to deny the reports. A ministry statement described them as “yet another piece of disinformation spread by Baku’s propaganda machine.”

AFP news agency quoted ministry spokesman Senor Hasratian as saying that Azeri forces fired on Armenian positions overnight but that there were no casualties. “This is complete disinformation from the Azeris,” he said.

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