Border Tensions: One civilian, one serviceman killed in Azeri ceasefire violations

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A civilian has been killed in an Armenian village as a result of another ceasefire violation committed by Azerbaijan. A serviceman, meanwhile, was killed by Azerbaijani forces at the Line of Contact in Nagorno-Karabakh.

According to reports, on Thursday night Azerbaijani forces for several hours were firing at border villages in Armenia’s northwestern Tavush province.

Residents of the village of Nerkin Karmiraghbyur told ArmeniaNow that the gunshots that began in the direction of their community from 6 pm were particularly intensive as compared to routine shootings and they only intensified into the night. Late on Thursday it was reported that 60-year-old resident of the village Vanik Ghukasyan was killed. The mayor of the community confirmed this information.

This is the second Armenian civilian to have been killed by Azeri troops this year. Another civilian, 85-year-old resident of the village of Movses Levon Andreasyan, was wounded by an Azeri sniper on February 4.

The villages of Movses and Aygepar were also under fire last night. According to preliminary information, houses and cars were damaged in all mentioned villages.

The situation also remains tense at the Karabakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact where, according to the NKR Defense Ministry, on the night of February 4-5 and throughout the next day the Azerbaijani side continued intensive shooting using weapons of different calibers. As a result of the ceasefire violations one Karabakh serviceman, 25-year-old Shekspir Hakobyan, was fatally wounded at the positions.

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