Azerbaijan: troops foil Armenian border "sabotage" attempt

Azeri troops have captured six Armenian soldiers on Armenia's border, officials say - the latest incident in continuing tensions since war erupted last year, the BBC reports.

Both sides confirmed the incident in Kalbajar region, which lies just west of disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenia's defence ministry said the six were doing engineering work. Azerbaijan said they had "tried to mine supply routes" near Azeri army positions.

Azerbaijan made big gains in Nagorno-Karabakh before a November peace deal.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the Caucasus mountains flared up again last September for six weeks. Fighting in the 1990s left Armenia controlling the disputed territory. Internationally, Nagorno-Karabakh is recognised as part of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan's defence ministry said that on Thursday its troops had taken six prisoners by surrounding an Armenian "sabotage" group near a village called Yukhari Ayrim, in Azeri-held Kalbajar. Two groups had been detected and some of the Armenians had escaped, the foreign ministry in Baku added.

The Armenians said the six soldiers had not crossed the border before they were captured.

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