Both Armenia and Azerbaijan reported casualties overnight in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, but the circumstances remain unclear.
Azerbaijan said that a twenty year soldier, Khanoglan Khalilov, was killed on Wednesday afternoon (22 Februaryc)as a result of Armenian shelling.
Khalilov was given a funeral with full military honours in his home town of Shamkir on Thursday
Armenia said that a soldier from the military formations of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic 26 year old Gor Khudinyan was mortally wounded, on Thursday at around 12:45am local time and died soon after. The Armenian sources say the circumstances of the death were as yet unclear.
The same sources say they had killed an Azerbaijani soldier overnight during cease fire violations.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies.
The picture of 20 year old Azerbaijani soldier Khangolan Khalilov displayed at his funeral in Shamkir on 23 February 2017 (picture courtesy of APA Baku)
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