At least eleven military soldiers including a senior officer martyred in a horrifying helicopter crash in eastern Turkey on Thursday, leaving four others wounded.
The Defense Ministry on Twitter said, “The number of our martyrs has increased to 10. We wish God’s mercy upon our heroic martyrs.”
“The efforts are underway for the transfer of our injured personnel to the hospital,” the ministry added.
The helicopter took off from the eastern Bingol province in the afternoon and the contact cut off almost after an hour, media reports said.
Furthermore, soon after the news broke out all over the media, Chief of General Staff Yaşar Güler and Commander of Turkish Land Forces Ümit Dündar left to reach the scene and to check on the aid given to the injured soldiers.
However, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other political leaders pour in condolences to the bereaved families of the martyred.
Erdogan wished Allah’s mercy upon martyred soldiers and Turkish Armed Forces.
“The pain of our heroic soldiers who were martyred tore our hearts out. I wish mercy from Allah to our martyrs and quick recovery to our wounded,” tweeted Vice President Fuat Oktay.
Earlier in 2017, a military helicopter had crashed near Turkey’s border with Iraq and Syria and killed thirteen soldiers.