Azerbaijan’s defence minister has confirmed that the country’s forces have shot down an Armenian military helicopter that violated the nation’s airspace.
An Armenian military helicopter has been shot down by Azerbaijan’s forces, according to the country’s defence minister. The helicopter had reportedly violated Azerbaijan’s airspace when it was downed.
The helicopter had been flying in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave located in western Azerbaijan that is controlled by ethnic Armenians. A ceasefire in 1994 ended a regional conflict dating back to the Soviet era, but tensions have been rising recently.
According to local reports, three of the aircraft’s crew were killed in the incident. The craft, a Mi-24 helicopter, was shot down close to the frontline between the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops – said the Azerbaijani defence minister.
Separatist officials in Nagorno-Karabakh also confirmed the vehicle’s crash, saying it had been shot down during a “training exercise as part of military drills”