YEREVAN : Azerbaijani troops killed an Armenian soldier in a fresh clash along the volatile border between the two bitter rivals, the Armenian government said on Monday. Hrant Pokhosyan, 26, was killed on Saturday when his convoy came under attack at a northeastern sector of the border, Armenia’s defence ministry said. “Azerbaijan continues ceasefire violations... The actions of the Armenian Armed Forced will be preventive and stern,” the ministry said in a statement. Armenia and Azerbaijan are locked in a festering decades-long feud over the breakaway region of Nagorny Karabakh.

Soldiers along the heavily fortified frontline exchange gunfire almost daily, with both sides blaming each other for violating the ceasefire.

Armenia-backed separatists seized Nagorny Karabakh from Azerbaijan in a war that killed 30,000 people in the 1990s.