Azerbaijan says seized key Nagorno-Karabakh town, Armenia denies claim

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev said on Sunday that Azeri forces had captured the strategic town of Shusha in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Aliyev’s comments were followed by a statement by the country’s defence ministry. The ministry said that Shusha “has been liberated from Armenian occupation after more than 28 years.”

Armenia immediately disputed Azerbaijan's claim, saying the fighting was ongoing.

Turkey's Vice President Oktay praised Azerbaijan's "victory" and said “Shusha has survived Armenian occupation.

Clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region erupted on Sept. 27 and has continued despite a number of ceasefires brokered by Russia and the United States. 

Turkey has thrown its firm support behind Azerbaijan and been accused of deploying Islamist mercenaries from Syria and Libya in the region in support of Azeri forces.