05 June 2012

War Coming (Back) to Central Asia?

Shootouts between Azerbaijan and Armenia kills five soldiers.

The defence ministry of Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of shooting dead five of its soldiers on their border, a day after three Armenians were killed.

Armenian "saboteurs" killed four soldiers in one incident and a fifth Azerbaijani soldier was shot dead in another, the ministry said in Baku.

There was no immediate comment from Armenia, which fought a war with its fellow ex-Soviet state in the 1990s.

Visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for restraint.

She arrived in Georgia on Tuesday from Armenia, with a visit to Azerbaijan scheduled for Wednesday.

A formal ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia since their war over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh is looking increasingly fragile.

By: Brant

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