Russian military in Karabakh say a civilian was killed by Azerbaijani shelling

Yesterday (10 October), the Russian military contingent stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh announced that a civilian living in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) was killed on Saturday (9 October) by Azerbaijani shelling in the Martakert region.

According to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defence, “on October 9, during agricultural work in the Mardakert region, near the line of contact, a civilian from the village of Madagiz was mortally wounded as a result of shelling from the Azerbaijani side. The command of the Russian contingent is investigating the incident with the involvement of representatives of both sides.”

The death of a civilian had previously been announced by the self-styled ministry of foreign affairs of the de facto NKR, though it claimed he had been killed by Azerbaijani sniper fire, rather than shelling. 

According to Azernews, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence has dismissed the reports as untrue.

source: with Azernews and agencies
photo: Martakert general view (picture courtesy of Sergei Avdalian)