‘Criminal Tactic’: Karabakh warns Azerbaijan after more deadly shootings

‘Criminal Tactic’: Karabakh warns Azerbaijan after more deadly shootings


Military authorities in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic have warned Azerbaijan against further escalating the situation along the Line of Contact after reporting fresh casualties late on Friday.

In a statement the NKR Defense Army said four conscripts – Norayr Khachatryan (born in 1995), Robert Mkrtchyan (1995), Harut Hakobyan (1997) and Karen Shahinyan (1997) – suffered fatal injuries after Azerbaijani forces fired rockets from Turkish-made TR-107 multiple-launch systems. It said there were also wounded soldiers as a result of the attack.

“This criminal tactic could lead to developments fraught with unpredictable consequences… Baku will be solely responsible for them,” it said.

The latest tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone come a day after three Armenian civilians were killed and two more were wounded by Azerbaijani forces that shelled border communities in the northeastern Armenian province of Tavush.

The United States, Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group expressed serious concern at the fresh upsurge in fighting and urged both sides to de-escalate the situation after the reported civilian casualties.

The international mediators are due to hold a trilateral meeting with the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers in New York this weekend in another attempt to kick-start the stalled peace process.