25 soldiers wounded in live-fire accident
Twenty-five Turkish soldiers were wounded in the southeastern province of Hakkari in an accident that occurred during the firing of heavy ammunition, the Defense Ministry said Friday, adding that seven soldiers were still unaccounted for.
The 25 wounded were transferred to a hospital and are being treated, the ministry said, adding that an investigation had been launched into the accident.
The accident occurred at a base in Hakkari’s Semdinli region, which is near the borders with Iran and Iraq, the Hakkari governor’s office said in a statement.
Turkey has in recent months carried out airstrikes on bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, especially against its stronghold in the Qandil mountains, where Ankara has also threatened to carry out a ground offensive.