Armenia says Azerbaijan has detained six soldiers at the border

Armenia said on Thursday that Azerbaijan has detained six members of its military, the latest border incident between the countries, which waged war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region last year.

The Armenian Ministry of Defense said in a statement that its military was conducting engineering work in a disputed border region when Azerbaijan’s army “surrounded and captured six soldiers.”

The accusation came a day after Azerbaijan said Armenian forces fired at its troops across the international border on May 24-26. There were no casualties in the incident, Azerbaijan said

A long dormant conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan, erupted into full-blown war in late September, killing some 6,000 people in six weeks of fighting.

It ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire that saw Armenia cede to Azerbaijani parts of the territory it had held for decades.

The ceasefire, controlled by about 2,000 Russian peacekeepers, has largely held up, but tensions have persisted and there have been several border incidents.

( Jowharwith AFP and AP)

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