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Azerbaijan 'Capture' Armenian Spy After Failed Raid

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  • Azerbaijan 'Capture' Armenian Spy After Failed Raid


    Agence France Presse --
    January 29, 2014 Wednesday 8:12 AM GMT

    BAKU, Jan 29 2014

    Azerbaijani forces say they have captured an Armenian spy following
    the latest in a series of tit-for-tat raids along the volatile frontier
    between the two arch-foes.

    "There was an attempt by an Armenian reconnaissance and sabotage group
    to cross the border in the Tovuz region (northwestern Azerbaijan)
    on January 28," the defence ministry in Baku said in a statement
    released late Tuesday.

    "After a short exchange of fire the group retreated. Azerbaijani
    troops captured the leader of the group, Mamiko Khojayan, who was
    armed and wounded," the statement said.

    The latest clash comes amid an uptick in violence over the disputed
    territory of Nagorny Karabakh that has seen at least two Azerbaijani
    soldiers and one combattant from the separatist region killed over
    the past 10 days.

    Both sides have also accused each other of launching failed
    cross-border raids along the conflict-ridden frontline over the
    same period.

    Armenia-backed separatists seized Nagorny Karabakh from Azerbaijan in
    a 1990s war that killed 30,000 people. Despite years of negotiations
    since a 1994 ceasefire, the two sides have yet to sign a peace deal.

    Azerbaijan has threatened to take back the disputed region by force
    if negotiations do not yield results, while Armenia has vowed to
    retaliate against any military action.

    Around 20 soldiers from both sides were reportedly killed last year.