YEREVAN (Combined Sources) — Armenia’s Ministry of Defense reported that Armenian forces on Monday killed five Azerbaijani soldiers when they attempted to infiltrate Armenian defensive positions in the province of Tavoush, in the early morning hours.
The ministry said that an Azerbaijani unit of 15-20 tried to cross the border into Armenia.
Three Armenian soldiers died fighting with Azerbaijani forces on Monday, as US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Armenia.
The clash took place 125 kilometers northeast of Yerevan, after border troops fired on “Azerbaijani infiltrators,” an Armenian Defense Ministry statement said.
The statement said “several” more Armenian troops had been wounded in the exchange of fire, which “repelled” the encroaching Azerbaijanis.
In the US, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Brad Sherman (D-CA), House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Democrat Howard Berman (D-CA) and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) on Tuesday issued strong statements condemning the cross-border Azerbaijani attack against Armenia.