At least 13 dead in Turkish military helicopter crash

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Thirteen Turkish soldiers were killed on Wednesday (May 31) when a military helicopter crashed after hitting a high-voltage power line in the southeast of the country, the army said.

In a statement, the army said the AS 532 Cougar had crashed shortly after taking off around 6:55 PM GMT (11:55 PM PST) on Wednesday.

"As a result of the painful accident, our hero comrades in the helicopter fell as martrys", the statement said.

The private DHA news agency, however, said the helicopter was carrying a delegation, headed by a major-general, which was inspecting the Senoba region.

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In April another helicopter crash in Turkey also killed 12 people, including seven police officers, a judge, a soldier and three crew.

Defense Minister Fikri Isik and other government ministers immediately left the capital, Ankara, for Sirnak, DHA reported.

The crash occurred as Turkish troops are engaged in operations against Kurdish fighters in a mountainous region of Sirnak province.

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