Ethnic Armenian soldiers stand next to a cannon at an artillery position near Nagorno-Karabakh's town of Martuni, April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Staff
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Two ethnic Armenian soldiers died in fighting with Azerbaijani forces Friday as the archfoes accused each other of breaching a cease-fire that halted the worst outbreak of violence in decades over a disputed breakaway region.Azerbaijan, a mostly Muslim former Soviet republic, said it returned fire after Armenian forces shelled its positions in Karabakh.Armenia-backed separatists seized control of Nagorny-Karabakh, located inside Azerbaijan's territory but populated mainly by Christian ethnic Armenians, in an early 1990s war that claimed some 30,000 lives.Azerbaijan's army claimed to have wrested back control of several strategic locations inside Armenian-controlled territory, effectively changing the front line for the first time since an inconclusive truce ended a three-year war in 1994 .
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