Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.20
Azerbaijani armed forces have prevented all sabotage attempts of Armenian troops and carried out strikes on enemy positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said Dec.20.
Two Armenian servicemen were killed and four more were injured as a result of the return fire.
In general, 18 servicemen were killed and over 20 were injured from the Armenian side in a week, said the ministry.
Moreover, Azerbaijani serviceman Ibrahim Nurmammadzade was killed in the battle with Armenian side, said the Defense Ministry.
The ministry expressed deep condolences to the family of the killed Azerbaijani serviceman.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.