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Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijani helicopter shot down in fighting with Karabakh forces *GRAPHIC*01:19

Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijani helicopter shot down in fighting with Karabakh forces *GRAPHIC*

Disputed Territory, Nagorno-Karabakh region
April 2, 2016 at 19:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Video emerged, Saturday, showing the debris of what is reportedly an Azerbaijani Mil Mi-24 helicopter in Nagorno-Karabakh region after it was reportedly shot down by the Karabakh military forces after fighting broke out in the area on Friday. The Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan has also confirmed the death of at least 12 soldiers, including the pilot of the helicopter.

The territorial dispute erupted into violence on Friday night, with Armenia and Azerbaijan blaming each other for the resumption of hostilities. The self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Ministry released a statement earlier on Saturday, saying that escalation of the conflict had been noted in the southern, south-eastern and north-eastern areas of the territory. Both sides reportedly used tanks, artillery and aircraft.

The conflict over the area dates back to 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a predominantly Armenian mountainous region that was part of Azerbaijan, broke away from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. It declared independence in 1991, triggering a full-scale war which ended only after Russia brokered a ceasefire between the two countries in 1994. Clashes still break out periodically in the region. Nagorno-Karabakh is recognised by the United Nations (UN) as being part of Azerbaijan but has been under the control of Armenian military forces since 1994.

Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijani helicopter shot down in fighting with Karabakh forces *GRAPHIC*01:19
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Video emerged, Saturday, showing the debris of what is reportedly an Azerbaijani Mil Mi-24 helicopter in Nagorno-Karabakh region after it was reportedly shot down by the Karabakh military forces after fighting broke out in the area on Friday. The Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan has also confirmed the death of at least 12 soldiers, including the pilot of the helicopter.

The territorial dispute erupted into violence on Friday night, with Armenia and Azerbaijan blaming each other for the resumption of hostilities. The self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Ministry released a statement earlier on Saturday, saying that escalation of the conflict had been noted in the southern, south-eastern and north-eastern areas of the territory. Both sides reportedly used tanks, artillery and aircraft.

The conflict over the area dates back to 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a predominantly Armenian mountainous region that was part of Azerbaijan, broke away from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. It declared independence in 1991, triggering a full-scale war which ended only after Russia brokered a ceasefire between the two countries in 1994. Clashes still break out periodically in the region. Nagorno-Karabakh is recognised by the United Nations (UN) as being part of Azerbaijan but has been under the control of Armenian military forces since 1994.

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