UPDATE- 5 soldiers martyred in eastern Turkey avalanche

UPDATE- 5 soldiers martyred in eastern Turkey avalanche

Avalanche hits Turkish soldiers during an operation against PKK

UPDATES NUMBER OF WOUNDED SOLDIERS

By Fatih Hafiz Mehmet

BITLIS, Turkey (AA) - Five soldiers were martyred in an avalanche in eastern Bitlis province on Sunday, said provincial governor's office.

In a statement, the office said 14 soldiers were also wounded in the avalanche that happened in Hizan district of Bitlis.

The avalanche hit the soldiers while they were conducting an operation against PKK terrorist group in the area, the statement said, adding that the wounded soldiers were rushed to the hospital.

Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) staffers were conducting search and rescue operation in the area, it added.

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