Thirteen soldiers die in helicopter crash after it hits high-voltage electricity line

Thirteen soldiers die in helicopter crash after it hits high-voltage electricity line

Thirteen soldiers have been killed in a helicopter crash near Turkey's border with Iraq, Turkish military confirmed.

It crashed after hitting a high-voltage transmission line, officials said.

The governor's office for the province of Sirnak said the Cougar-type helicopter crashed near the town of Uludere on Thursday, three minutes after taking off.

Turkish media reports said the helicopter was carrying about a dozen officers and soldiers.

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

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