Azerbaijan says one of its servicemen has been killed and another wounded in an attack in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The country’s Defense Ministry said on December 28 that six members of “an illegal Armenian armed group” attacked an Azerbaijani military unit in the village of Agdam in the Khojavend district the previous day, adding that all of the attackers were killed.
The ministry vowed to take “decisive measures” if similar attacks were carried out.
Officials in both Yerevan and ethnic Armenian de facto authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh have yet to comment on the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry’s statement.
The Armenian Defense Ministry earlier denied media reports of fighting in the Hadrut region and said ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh were “strictly” observing last month’s cease-fire that brought an end to six weeks of fighting over the region.
The Moscow-brokered truce took effect on November 10, placing a chunk of Nagorno-Karabakh and all seven districts around it — including Khojavend — under Azerbaijani administration after almost 30 years of control by Armenians.
Most of the Khojavend district had been captured by the Azerbaijani Army during the war.
Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but the ethnic Armenians who make up most of the region’s population reject Azerbaijani rule.
They had been governing their own affairs, with support from Armenia, since Azerbaijan’s troops and Azeri civilians were pushed out of the region and seven adjacent districts in a war that ended in a cease-fire in 1994.