BAKU, April 28 (Xinhua) -- One Azerbaijani civilian was killed, while eight were severely wounded in an attack by Armenian forces in several villages near the line of contact on Wednesday night, the head of Aghdam region of Azerbaijan Ragib Mammadov said on Thursday.
"The killed civilian was fatally wounded as a result of artillery shelling and gunfire from the Armenian forces and died in the hospital at Wednesday night. Two out of the eight injured civilians are in critical condition," he said.
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry on Thursday accused the Armenian side of violating a ceasefire on Wednesday night with intense shelling and targeting civilians and military posts of Azerbaijani army in Terter and Aghdam areas.
According to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, the Armenian army shelled villages and Azerbaijani army positions using 60-mm, 82-mm and 120-mm mortars and 122-mm howitzers D-30.
It pointed out in a statement that "in accordance with operational situation, the Azerbaijani armed forces inflicted retaliatory strikes on military facilities of Armenian army."
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry claimed that over the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces broke ceasefire on various parts of the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.
Heavy fighting broke out on April 2 between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The clash lasted several days and left more than 70 soldiers dead on both sides before a ceasefire was agreed in Moscow on April 5.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a bitter dispute over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988 when the enclave dominated by ethnic Armenians claimed independence from Azerbaijan to join Armenia.
Armenians have controlled the mountainous enclave in Azerbaijan and adjacent territory since the 1990s.
Peace talks have been held since 1994 when a cease-fire was reached, but there have been occasional minor clashes.
BAKU, April 14 (Xinhua) -- One Azerbaijani soldier was killed in an attack by Armenian forces on Thursday near the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defense said.
"Thwarting another provocation of the enemy, soldier of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, Rustam Ahmadov, was killed by the Armenian troops on the contact line," the ministry said in a statement. Full story
BAKU, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Azerbaijan and Armenia on Friday agreed to observe a cease-fire after clashes lasted for almost one week, leaving the truce in tatters.
Both sides of the conflict agreed to observe the ceasefire along the contact line effective from 3 a.m. local time, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday. Full story