Ten killed in military helicopter crash in southeast Turkey -defence ministry

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A military helicopter crashed in southeast Turkey on Thursday, killing 10 army personnel including a lieutenant general and injuring three, the defence ministry said.

The helicopter took off from the Bingol province at 1055 GMT, the ministry said in a statement, adding that search operations were launched after it lost contact at 1125 GMT. 

It described the crash as an accident, but did not elaborate. The injured soldiers were being taken to hospital, the ministry added.

(Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen and Yesim Dikmen; Editing by Dominic Evans and Frances Kerry)

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A screen grab made from a video released by Anadolu Agency (AA) shows a German soldier landing from a helicopter on a Turkish cargo ship, in the Mediterranean Sea, some 200km off the Libyan coast, 23 November 2020. Germany is involved in a diplomatic row with Turkey after the frigate Hamburg allegedly stopped a Turkish vessel in the Medeterranean Sea and searched it for illegal weapons. EPA-EFE/ANADOLU AGENCY

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