17 soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A Turkish military helicopter carrying soldiers on a mission against Kurdish rebels crashed in heavy fog on Saturday, killing 17 people, Turkish media reported.
The authorities were investigating the cause of the crash in a mountainous part of Pervari district in Siirt province, where the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party is active.
The provincial governor Ahmet Aydin said 13 soldiers and four crewmembers were killed.
State-run TRT television said the troops were conducting an operation against Kurdish rebels who had escalated attacks in recent months.