Five Azerbaijani soldiers were killed in the latest clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.
The ministry said in a statement that fighting broke out when “a group of Armenian saboteurs made an attempt to penetrate the military positions of the national army” in the country's northwest. Last week saw fierce border clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday began a trip to the South Caucasus region by calling on all sides to renounce violence as the former Soviet republics traded accusations over a clash that killed the Armenian soldiers and wounded troops on both sides of their border.
“I am very concerned by these incidents and have called on all parties, all actors, to refrain from the use or threat of force,” Clinton told reporters at a news conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Edward Nalbandian. “There is a danger that it could escalate into a much broader conflict that would be very tragic for everyone concerned.”
Armenians kill five Azeri soldiers in border clashes