STEPANAKERT — The Defense Ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh issued a statement on Friday, stating that its advanced units managed to repulse another commando raid attempted by Azerbaijani forces overnight, killing two and wounding several Azerbaijani troops. It said Armenian forces sustained no losses in the engagement.

According to the report, overnight Azerbaijani forces also bombarded Karabakh positions situated quite a long way off the line of contact separating the two armies, which is unprecedented since the 1994 ceasefire. Karabakh’s military leadership has accused Azerbaijan of adopting a more aggressive tactic, warning it that it is “fraught with unpredictable consequences.”

The rival fired more than 5,500 shots in the direction of the Armenian positions on March 10 and 11, using artillery weapons of different caliber, as well as 60 and 82 mm mortars, RPG-7 and HAN-17 grenades, and howitzers, according to the report,

Earlier, the military authorities in Stepanakert also denied reports in Azerbaijani media that Armenian armed forces fired at civilians in Azerbaijan’s Aghdam district.

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