Kurdish militants claim downing of Turkish military chopper

2017-06-02 19:15
Thirteen Turkish army officers were killed in a helicopter crash in Sirnak, southeastern Turkey.  (Turkish Military, Pool photo via AP)

Thirteen Turkish army officers were killed in a helicopter crash in Sirnak, southeastern Turkey. (Turkish Military, Pool photo via AP)

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Istanbul - Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility for a Turkish military helicopter crash that killed all 13 personnel on board two days ago near the Turkey-Iraq border.

The People's Defence Forces or HPG said in a statement on Friday that its units fired at the Cougar helicopter on Wednesday in the border province of Sirnak. The statement said that "the hit helicopter crashed as it tried to move away."

The HPG is the armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has waged a three-decade-long insurgency against the Turkish state. The war has led to an estimated 40 000 deaths and a two-and-a half-year cease-fire collapsed in the summer of 2015.

The Turkish military said the crash was an accident, with initial information indicating that the helicopter had hit a high-voltage transmission line.

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