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Nagorno-Karabakh says 26 soldiers killed; military toll rises to 376

A Soviet-made tank is seen near the town of Agdam, controlled by Nagorno Karabakh, and which was completely destroyed during fighting between Karabakh and Azerbaijan forces in 1990s, October 29, 2009. Largely forgotten by the outside world, the remote territory is now the centre of diplomatic attention because it could torpedo a fragile peace deal between historic enemies Armenia and Turkey. Picture taken October 29, 2009. To match feature ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN/KARABAKH REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (AZERBAIJAN POLITICS DISASTER MILITARY)

YEREVAN (Reuters) - The defence ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said on Friday it had recorded another 26 deaths among its military, pushing the toll to 376 since fighting with Azeri forces erupted on Sept. 27.

The fighting has surged to its worst level since the 1990s, when some 30,000 people were killed.

Reporting by Nvard Hovhannisyan; Writing by Alexander Marrow; editing by John Stonestreet