Armenians kill two Azerbaijani soldiers near Karabakh: Baku

Armenian forces on Tuesday killed two Azerbaijani troops near the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region in the latest outbreak of violence between the ex-Soviet enemies, Azerbaijan's defence ministry said.

"The Azerbaijani army soldier Syanan Alizade and lieutenant Tural Askerov have been shot dead as a result of the ceasefire violation by the Armenian side on Tuesday," ministry spokesman Teymur Abdullayev told AFP.

The incident took place in Azerbaijan's Khojavend district, near Nagorny Karabakh, he said.

Last year 14 soldiers were reported to have died amid firefights between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops, who are locked in a bitter conflict over the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh, where they fought a war in the 1990s.

Armenia-backed separatists seized Nagorny Karabakh from Azerbaijan during the war that left some 30,000 people dead, but despite years of negotiations since a 1994 ceasefire, the two sides have not yet signed a final peace deal.

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