Azeris Vow Revenge, Claiming Serviceman Killed by Armenian Fire

Lt. Sabuhi Azizov was fatally wounded by Armenian sniper fire today, Defense Ministry says in statement on its website. * Minister Zakir Hasanov decrees to decorate Azizov posthumously; fellow servicemen promise to take revenge: ministry * Senor Hasratyan, spokesman for Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Ministry, denies report by phone from regional capital Stepanakert, saying Armenians observe cease-fire * NOTE: Azeri captain, Armenian sergeant were killed in cross-border skirmishes in past week * NOTE: Mediators from U.S., Russia and France urged sides to respect cease-fire after foreign ministers met in Paris * NOTE: Azeri Troops Clash With Armenian Forces as Foreign Ministers Meet NSN MZWFQW6JIJY6 <GO> * NOTE: Azerbaijan, third-largest oil producer in former Soviet Union, signed $45b in contracts with BP-led group last month to pipe natgas to Europe

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