Eleven Turkish soldiers killed in helicopter crash

Ankara (HRNW) Eleven Turkish soldiers were killed when their military helicopter crashed in heavy weather in the country’s restive southeast on Thursday, the defence ministry said.

Television images from the crash site showed the ground blanketed in snow and visibility hampered by thick clouds in the mountainous region.

Ruling AKP party lawmaker Tolga Agar, who sits on parliament’s defence committee, tweeted that Lieutenant General Osman Erbas was among the dead.

Erbas is officially listed as the head of the Turkish army’s 8th Corps.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered his condolences to Erbas’ son, Yigitalp, and his family in a telephone call, the presidency said in a statement.

 

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