Azerbaijan: Fourteen killed in military helicopter crash

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Fourteen people were killed today when a military helicopter crashed in eastern Azerbaijan, the border guard of the Caucasus-owned country said.

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The plane “crashed today around 10:40 local time (09:40 Greek time) at Garaeibat airport in the Hizi region of Azerbaijan during a training flight,” the border guards and the prosecutor’s office of Azerbaijan said in a statement.

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“Fourteen people were killed and two others were injured,” the border guard said in a statement, adding that all the victims were soldiers.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the crash, according to the same source.

The incident comes two weeks after deadly clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan that threatened to derail the ceasefire that ended the war between the two countries last year, killing at least 6,500 people.

The recent clashes, which left six dead on the Armenian side and seven on the Azeri side, ended after Russian mediation.

Yerevan and Baku have been at loggerheads for decades over control of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.

With a predominantly Armenian population, this Yerevan-backed region seceded from Azerbaijan after the collapse of the USSR, sparking a first war in the 1990s that left 30,000 dead.

Tensions escalated in May when Armenia accused Azerbaijan of violating the border in order to seize territory on the shores of Lake Sev, which the two countries share.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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Source From: Capital

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