PKK claims it downed Turkish military helicopter

Turkey (KurdPress)

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) claims it has downed a Turkish military helicopter that crashed this week in southeastern Turkey, killing all 13 personnel on board.

The PKK said in a statement carried by the Firat news agency on June 2 that the Cougar helicopter was shot down while it was on the move in Sirnak, a province bordering Iraq and Syria, Radio Free Europe reported.

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The Turkish army had said the May 31 crash appeared to be accidental, with initial information indicating that the helicopter hit a high-voltage transmission line shortly after taking off from a base in Sirnak’s Senoba region.

A major general, Aydogan Aydin, was among those killed.

This report prepared by KurdPress International News Agency