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Azeri troops kill Armenian soldier in border clash: Official

Azeri troops killed an Armenian soldier in a Saturday border clash, the latest in the long-running conflict between the two countries, Yerevan said.



Yerevan: Azeri troops killed an Armenian soldier in a Saturday border clash, the latest in the long-running conflict between the two countries, Yerevan said.

The violence took place near the northeastern Armenian city of Voskevan, the Armenian defence ministry said.

Azerbaijan is locked in a decades-long conflict with Armenia over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region, an ethnic Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan.

An unprecedented spate of violence erupted last year with the arch-foes` forces regularly exchanging fire across their border and along the Karabakh frontline, sparking fears of a major escalation in the conflict.

Ethnic Armenian separatists backed by Yerevan seized control of the territory during a 1990s war that left some 30,000 dead, and no peace deal has yet been signed.

Baku, whose military spending exceeds Armenia`s entire state budget, has threatened to take back the region by force if negotiations fail to yield results. Armenia, which is heavily armed by Russia, says it could crush any offensive.

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