An Azerbaijani soldier has been killed by fire from ethnic Armenian forces near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, the defense ministry in Baku said Friday.
The 20-year-old, Babek Mirzaliyev, died Thursday on the Azerbaijani side of a ceasefire line that has been in place since a temporary accord was reached between Baku and Yerevan over the disputed region in 1994.
Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a six-year war over the Armenian-majority enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, which seceded from Soviet Azerbaijan in the late 1980s. The conflict claimed 25,000 lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of people, ending in the 1994 ceasefire.
Tensions have remained high and incidents occur regularly, with the Armenian controlled region’s status still unresolved.