YEREVAN (RFE/RL, Armenpress) — The Armenian military claimed to have thwarted early on Friday, March 6, an Azerbaijani commando raid on one of its positions along Armenia’s border with Azerbaijan.
The Armenian government reported attacks almost every day. One soldier, Zohrab Sianosyan, 36, was killed by Azerbaijani fire on March 10 in the south-western section of the border. An investigation is underway.
According to the Defense Ministry in Yerevan, an Azerbaijani “sabotage” unit attacked the outpost on March 6, but was repelled by Armenian soldiers deployed there, “suffering losses” as a result.
The ministry published photographs of a German-manufactured mine detector and combat ammunition which it said were left by the enemy at the scene.
“One soldier was lightly wounded as a result of the actions,” the ministry added in a statement on the pre-dawn incident which it said occurred in Armenia’s northern Tavush province bordering the Gazakh district in western Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan’s State Border Guard Service, whose troops protect that section of the border, denied the attempted incursion. It said that Armenian troops opened “intensive” fire on some of its positions from heavy machine-guns and sniper rifles early in the morning.