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British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab expressed his condolences to Turkey following the crash of a military helicopter in the eastern province of Badlis.
Raab said in a tweet: “I feel sad to hear reports of a military helicopter crashing in Badlis, resulting in the killing and wounding of Turkish soldiers. Our sympathy is with the families of the victims and Turkey as a whole.”
Saddened to hear reports of a military helicopter crash in #Bitlis that killed and wounded Turkish soldiers. Our thoughts are with their families and the whole of Turkey tonight
– Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) March 4, 2021
On Thursday, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that 11 soldiers were killed in a military helicopter crash in the southeast of the country.
In a statement, the ministry confirmed that contact with a Cougar helicopter was lost on Thursday afternoon, half an hour after it took off from the city of Pinkle, heading to Tatuan.
The army launched a search operation using drones, other helicopters and a “CN-235” plane, during which it was found that the missing helicopter had crashed, and the bodies of the dead were found at the site of the accident.