Armenia-Azerbaijan border clashes kill three people and injure four others
Three Armenian troops were killed and two others were injured in confrontations with Azerbaijani forces on the border between the two ex-Soviet states, which have been trapped in a decades-long tug of war over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory. On Wednesday, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said that two of its personnel had been injured.
Both governments have blamed one another of instigating the fighting. Azerbaijan claimed Armenian forces opened fire on its positions along the Kalbajar border. The Armenian military said that Azerbaijani forces targeted its personnel.
Tensions on the border have been boiling since May, when Armenia protested what it called an invasion into its territory by Azerbaijani troops. Azerbaijan has argued that its forces have been sent to what it deems to be its territory in regions where the border has yet to be delineated. In the six weeks of combat last fall over Nagorno-Karabakh, which falls within Azerbaijan but has been under the authority of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist conflict there ended in 1994, more than 6,000 people were killed.