UPDATE 1-Azerbaijan says Armenian forces fired on its troops

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Sept 9 (Reuters) – Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said on Saturday that Armenian forces had fired on its troops overnight, and that Azerbaijan army units took “retaliatory measures”.

It said Armenian units opened small arms fire on Azerbaijani soldiers in Sadarak in the north of Nakhchivan, an exclave of Azerbaijan that borders Armenia, Turkey and Iran.

The ministry’s statement did not say if there had been any casualties.

Reuters could not independently verify the reported incident. It came against the background of rising tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan in recent days.

(Reporting by Nailia Bagirova, writing by Mark Trevelyan, editing by Mark Heinrich)

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