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Seven Azerbaijan soldiers shot dead by comrade at base

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A soldier has shot and killed seven fellow troops at a military base in western Azerbaijan, reports say.

The victims were all young conscripts from different parts of the country and were named by the defence ministry, the News.Az website reported.

It is not yet clear what the motivation was for the attack on Sunday in the Caucasus republic's Goygol district.

In a previous shooting rampage in the cash-strapped army, two soldiers shot four officers dead in January 2010.

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